As the Duchess of Cambridge has taken on an increasing number of royal public engagements, we've seen her gravitate toward a more vibrant color palette. Over the course of her family's tour of Canada last fall, for example, we saw Kate wear bright blue, emerald green, and crimson. And while the red could have been a nod to the host country, we think there could be another reason behind her bold, colorful outfits: She's wearing them to stand out from the crowd.
In fact, it's something she learned from the Queen.
In the documentary The Queen at 90, Sophie, Countess of Wessex explained her mother-in-law's penchant for rainbow shades. "She needs to stand out for people to be able to say 'I saw the Queen,'" she said.
"Don't forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, ten, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen's hat as she went past."
Robert Hardman, the Queen's biographer, even quoted her once as saying, "I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am."
Now that may be not so modest of Queen Elizabeth, but the sentiment is much appreciated by fans hoping to get a once-in-a-lifetime look at Her Royal Majesty.
And as William and Kate draw adoring crowds wherever they travel, it's certainly advice well-taken.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.