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Why Melania Trump Wore Opera Gloves to the State Banquet

Kimberly Truong

The first day of Donald and Melania's state visit to the U.K. culminated in a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, an occasion so formal that Kate Middleton even busted out her favorite tiara.

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The gloves may seem a little too ceremonious, but they're actually a part of the dress code. The state banquet has a white tie dress code, which includes opera-length gloves for women.

Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush also wore the gloves during their state visits.

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On the royal side, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall all brought out their formal blue sashes for the occasion, which mark the Royal Victorian Order — an honor Kate received earlier this year.

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The banquet is part of a three-day long visit that also includes a tea with the Trumps and Prince Charles and Camilla, and plenty of ceremonial greetings.