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The morbid reason the Royal Family have to pack an extra outfit when leaving the country

Most people would probably envy the wardrobes possessed by the Royal Family, but there is one extra outfit that they have to carry that you might not know about.

Each time any member of the Royal Family leaves the country they must take a black mourning outfit with them in case one of their relatives dies. This way, when returning to the UK, they appear to be in a respectful mood that correlated with the presumable sombre mindset of the entire nation, as the Independent reports. This policy is compulsory for any international trip of the Royals, but there was one instance when they were caught out.

Back in 1952, the Queen visited Kenya with Prince Philip, when the news of the death of her father, George VI, broke out. A black dress hadn’t been packed for the Queen, so she had to return to the UK in unsuitable clothing. When she arrived back in the UK, she had to wait in the plane while a black dress was being delivered to her.


This rule does not apply solely to the Royal Family, but to newsreaders as well. They also need a black suit or dress prepared in case they announce the death of a Royal Family member.

Daisy Wilder