Being a part of the royal family means you’re part of a world that will consciously dictate your style. Tailored jackets, long shift dresses, conservative hats and the odd set of gloves are staples within the monarchy’s unofficial dress code.
So what happens when you buck that?
There’s a myriad of reasons the late Princess Diana was known as the people’s princess. Much like her sons would do some 20 years after her untimely death, she breathed life into a royal family that had a heightened sense of irrelevance about it.
Choosing not to wear gloves when meeting new people was just one of many deliberate decisions the Princess made to ensure she was both literally and metaphorically closer to the people.
As the hotly-anticipated exhibit Diana: Her Fashion Story opens this week at Kensington Palace, Eleri Lynn, the curator of the exhibit, told People there was a very specific reason Diana ignored royal protocol and stopped wearing gloves.