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Even Kate Middleton Has to Wear a Name Tag at Royal Ascot

Town and Country logo Town and Country 6/18/2018 Caroline Hallemann

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The Queen's favorite horse-racing event, Royal Ascot, is known for its strict dress code. In the royal enclosure, ladies' shoulders need to be covered, and hats are a must. Full morning dress, including a top hat, is required of men regardless of the heat. But the royals, aside from the Queen and Prince Philip, are often seen wearing another rather peculiar accessory at the horse-racing event: a name tag.

For example, here are Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William at Royal Ascot in 2017:
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a group of people wearing military uniforms: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in 2017 © Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in 2017

If you zoom in, those badges on their chests read "HRH The Duke of Cambridge" and "HRH The Duchess of Cambridge."

Here's a similar photo of Princess Anne in 2016. Her name tag reads "HRH The Princess Royal."

Anne, Princess Royal wearing a military uniform: Princess Anne at Royal Ascot in 2016 © Getty Images Princess Anne at Royal Ascot in 2016

Given that members of the royal family are some of the most recognizable people in the U.K., it's kind of hilarious to see them wearing name tags, but they indicate access levels at the event. For example, William, Kate, and Anne's badges all say "Royal Box" whereas Lady Gabriella Windsor, in the photo below from 2017, is seen with a badge that reads "Royal Enclosure," rather than Royal Box. It's also a different color:

a couple of people that are dressed up and posing for the camera: Tom Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor at the Royal Ascot races © Getty Images Tom Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor at the Royal Ascot races

I suppose it's classier than a wristband.

As she is on maternity leave and has three small children, it's unclear whether Kate will attend the races this year, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that she makes an appearance at some point this week. If she does decide to stay home, the next time we'll see the Duchess of Cambridge will likely be at her son Louis's christening later this summer. While an exact date has yet to be announced, we're predicting it will be in early July.

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