Kate Middleton has apparently been instructed by Her Royal Majesty herself, Queen Elizabeth II, to wear longer skirts. Yes, this is a real thing that happened.
Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl reports in the Mail on Sunday (via Vanity Fair) that the Queen has issued some directives as to how Kate should dress.
This applies to when she tours Australia in April, not on a daily basis or anything ... but still, expect longer skirts in April's Kate Middleton photos.
As per the Queen's request, the hemlines will be longer, the jewelry will be bolder, and there will be more tiaras than you can count. Sounds awesome?
In order to execute this “subtle but significant regal makeover,” as the Mail calls it, the Queen tasked her personal dresser, Angela Kelly, with preparing Kate.
The overhaul will see Kate wearing couture daytime dresses with “lower hemlines” than she typically goes for, as well as tiaras and “statement jewelry.”
The idea here is said to be positioning Middleton as “more Royal than ever,” with the “Queen watching closely," which just sounds really stalkery.
Thankfully, Kate seems to still have some input, with her personal hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, reportedly accompanying her on the visit.
She has also approached preferred designers Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperley about creating gowns and dresses for the three-and-a-half-week trip.
We understand that HRM operates on a different plane than, well, anyone else, and probably means well with this dictum, but still. Come on, Queen.
Have you not seen how gorgeous Kate is? IN EVERYTHING?
1. Vintage Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William back when they first started dating. Such an adorable picture ... and such a head of hair he used to have!
3. Kate and Pippa Middleton as Kids
Kate and little sister Pippa with father Michael Middleton in the mid-1980s.
5. Kate Middleton Childhood Photo
An adorable childhood photo of Kate Middleton, the girl who would be queen.
6. Kate Middleton in Grade School
A young Kate Middleton looking absolutely adorable in an early school photo.
7. Kate Middleton Playing Field Hockey
Kate Middleton was always a good athlete, as seen here playing field hockey in school.
8. Kate Middleton in College
A photo of Kate Middleton as a college girl. Man she was as beautiful then as she is now ... not a shocker we suppose.
9. Kate Middleton Graduation Photo
A glowing Kate Middleton on the day of her graduation from university.
10. Old School Kate Middleton Pic
An old school pic of Kate Middleton, looking like the beautiful young woman she's always been.
11. Old School Kate Middleton Picture
An older photo of Kate Middleton, before she was the celebrity she is today.
12. Kate Middleton Picture (Old School)
This is Kate Middleton. She is Prince William's girl. For life!
13. Kate Middleton Partying
Once again ... can you imagine Kate Middleton going out to the bars like this in 2014?!
14. Kate Middleton Partying Photo
A photo of Kate Middleton enjoying the nightlife in London, before she was the celebrity she is today. Can you imagine her partying like this nowadays?!
16. Kate Middleton in a Bikini
Kate Middleton looking gorgeous as ever in a bikini photo from 2006. The future Queen is a true beauty.