William and Kate are royalty and the British Royal family wants everyone to remember that – especially the media.
The Royal family issued guidelines to American media on how to dress when in the presence of Prince William and Princess Kate during their upcoming visit to the United States. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have plans to visit America December 7 and 8, and anyone associated with the media who wish to be in their royal presence must comply with a dress code.
And the dress code is formal attire.
“Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family,” the Royal press office said.
Do you hear that, all you sloppy American media types? Just in case the term “formal attire” was not clear enough, the Royal guidelines were expanded upon.
“Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family. Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away.”
This royal dress code decree doesn’t just apply to journalists or members of the media who will be engaging directly with the royals. The dress code applies to technicians, as well — which includes cameramen, sound mixers and the people whose job it is to hold the boom microphone. If they are not formally attired, they will be turned away from the presence of the royals.
There are guidelines for behavior for the U.S. media, as well — including when and when not to take pictures, speak, and ask questions.
“Members of the Royal Family are content with being photographed at most times during an engagement: those to avoid, however, are while they have food or a glass in their hand or during a meal, although it is quite in order for a photograph to be taken during a Loyal Toast, or immediately before food is served. Similarly, photographs may be taken when they rise to speak and for the first minute after they start talking.”
In addition, under no circumstance will such things as texting or “walking backwards” be permitted in the presence of royalty.
The new guidelines expressly issued for the U.S. media makes one wonder if the royals were shocked at the casual attire of journalists and their crews on previous visits to the states, perhaps.
What do you think of the royal guidelines? A bit much, or necessary?
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