Kate Middleton U.S. Visit: Palace Releases Strict Guidlines For Reporters’ Attire

It may have come as a bit of a shock to some in the press that they will be required to abide by a strict dress code when it comes to interviewing or questioning Kate Middleton and Prince William when they arrive stateside next month.

Among other planned engagements, the royal couple are due to hit the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Nets game, as well as a visit to the Sept. 11 memorial in New York.

There’s no doubt that there will be a lot of media attention on the royals from the moment they touch down in America, until the moment they leave. But at least the couple will earn some respect, in their own way, as if you are a member of the press and want to attend press conferences or even photograph the couple officially, you must be dressed “appropriately.”

The British Monarchy website outlines exactly what is expected of members of the media, when it comes to royal protocol,

Attire for journalists covering Royal engagements
“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 also applies to technicians.”

The visit is the first of its kind in New York for Kate Middleton and Prince William, who visited California on a trip together back in 2011.

Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, visited New Jersey back in May, 2013 for a governor-guided tour of the storm-torn Jersey Shore, where Gov. Chris Christie and Prince Harry greeted Hurricane Sandy first responders and volunteers.

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