Kate Middleton, or The Duchess of Cambridge if you like formality, is famous for her fashion sense. After her wedding to Prince William in 2011, she was not only famous in the United Kingdom, but she gained millions of fans from all over the world.
Everyone started tracking what she was wearing, with some people even making full time jobs out of blogging about her outfits and where to buy them.
Every item she wears sells out almost immediately, which has been dubbed, “the Kate effect.” However, Queen Elizabeth has just made a major change; will Kate be expected to follow suit?
Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal adviser and one of her closest friends, recently published her book, The Other Side Of The Coin, in which she revealed the Queen would only be wearing fake fur from 2019 onward.
She wrote, “‘If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onward fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm.”
Buckingham Palace just confirmed this to The Daily Mail, saying, “As new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be fake.”
PETA is thrilled with the Queen’s decision, saying they were “raising a glass of gin and Dubonnet.”
They continued, “This new policy is a sign of the times, as 95 per cent of the British public would also refuse to wear real fur.”
Kate has received quite a bit of criticism in the past from activists who believed she was wearing real fur. However, much of the time this was found not to be the case.
In 2018, Prince William and Kate were on a trip to Oslo in which she wore a fur hat made by fair trade label Lacorine, from Peru. The hat was made from the fur of alpacas who had died from natural causes.
In 2012, the International Fur Trade Federation criticized Kate for wearing fur on her hat, however Buckingham Palace swiftly denied the accusation claiming it was in fact faux fur. It seems as if many activists have criticized her in the past without getting all the facts first.
So far, Queen Elizabeth has placed no public expectations on any other members of the royal family, however, it seems that it would be wise for them to follow suit.
Clearly, Kate Middleton has already been doing her part, and activists are hopeful this will continue.