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Meghan Markle: Pantyhose and NO messy bun for her first outing as a royal

Three days after wedding Prince Harry in a ceremony that riveted the world, Meghan Markle showed how seriously she’s taking on her new royal role.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images) 
At a Buckingham Palace event Tuesday honoring Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, the new Duchess of Sussex eschewed bare legs and her usual messy bun to present a more traditional, polished look. That means she wore pantyhose and had her hair pulled back into a neat chignon.
By donning a pair of nude panty hose — or tights — she was following protocol reportedly established by Queen Elizabeth II.
The Los Angeles-born former TV actress also was taking a cue from her sister-in-law Kate Middleton. While the fashion world has come to view hose as dated or dowdy, the queen’s female relatives have no choice but to wear them when they appear at official events.
The queen, who has been wearing hose since the beginning of her reign, insists that women wear them in her presence, according to InStyle. Kate has managed to transform this requirement into an increasingly popular fashion statement, with the hose credited with giving her legs and toned, glossy look.
Meghan was famously bare-legged when she and Prince Harry were photographed announcing their engagement in late November. But since then, she has shown up in nude-colored stockings for official events.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty Images) 
Tuesday’s Buckingham Palace garden party honored Charles’ patronages, military affiliations and charities. The royal family also paid tribute to first responders of the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert in May 2017.
For a royal event that touched on such serious themes, Meghan dressed modestly and in royal style in other ways. Her pale pink-and-taupe silk-crepe dress had long sleeves, a modest hemline — just below the knee — and a matching hat.
Meghan also wore pumps, because the queen does’t like open-toed shoes at royal events, and fingernails with clear, pale polish. The queen reportedly isn’t a fan of brightly painted nails.

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