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Regal in red: Why the royals couldn’t get enough of this colour in 2021

Forget pretty in pink, these fashionistas are ravishing in rouge.
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The colour red has many romantic meanings and commonly signifies passion and love. However, its influence over history has manifested in many different shades.

For monarchs, it has implied power, regality, superiority, and a pre-coronated portrait of Princess Elizabeth I was painted in the hue before she was crowned queen to depict her moral and political strength.

However, after the monarchy fell, revolutionaries used the colour as a message of freedom.

Time has never squandered the shade’s impact as it still has a daring reputation, and it’s made even more special because not everyone can pull it off. It certainly requires a sense of ease and confidence to carry it well, especially when donning red from head to toe.

Luckily, our favourite royal women like Duchess Catherine, Duchess Meghan, and Queen Letizia possess the compulsory qualities needed to wear red.

From statement coats, pants, monochromatic styling, and gowns, these distinguished women held an undying flame for the hue throughout 2021.

For royal watchers, it’s a thrill when a fashion moment is elevated by a startling bright colour, as it’s a welcome break from the subdued beiges, whites, and navy adored by monarchs.

As the year prepares to give its final vow, let’s revel in this aptly merry colour that royals couldn’t get enough of in the gallery below.

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Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex stole the show at the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala in this Carolina Herrera gown, and it was immediately abundant that Meghan was born to carry the passionate colour.

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Meghan Markle

In her first appearance following that bombshell interview airing, Meghan, who was pregnant with Lili, glowed in this Carolina Herrera poppy print shirt dress for her pre-filmed appearance at the televised Vax Live concert.

In the special clip, she shared impassioned words about supporting women through the global pandemic.

“I believe it’s critical that our recovery prioritises the health, safety and success of everyone, and particularly women who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic. Women, and especially women of colour, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out,” she told the camera.

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Meghan Markle makes her first TV appearance since Oprah interview

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Kate Middleton

In this gorgeous gown, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looked like an English rose to give a keynote speech to launch Taking Action On Addiction, and brought the perfect blend of elegant and bold.

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Kate Middleton

Kate made a statement for the release day of her collaborative photography book, Hold Still, by wearing this gorgeous bright red coat.

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Kate Middleton

This plaid midi-dress with an oversized collar was very on-trend, and Kate pulled off its unique drop hem effortlessly to attend the V&A Museum.

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Queen Letizia

Queen Letizia is known for her fashion, and red is one of her go-to colours. To attend The Festivity Of San Juan, the Spanish royal wore this unique midi-dress, which accented hemming along the sleeves and chest.

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Queen Letizia

For her appearance at The Educational Congress of Rare Diseases in Totana, Letizia abandoned her regal statements for this casual look – but the pop of red from the pants was lavish.

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Queen Letizia

During a visit to Congress, she was sophisticated in this monochromatic pantsuit, and ’twas a huge statement.

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Queen Letizia

The Spanish queen then wore this burnt red skirt and mock neck to visit Andorra, and again, she proved her knack for styling by cinching her waist with a black belt and a matching bag.

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Camilla

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also dabbled in rouge when she wore this vibrant red outfit and eccentric hat for the opening ceremony of The Senedd In Cardiff.

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