We've recieved many DMs asking why @FLOTUS wore all black and a mantilla. First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka were simply complying with a detailed and time-honored Vatican protocol for women in formal diplomatic circumstances. That protocol requires:
Formal black clothing, with the knees, upper arms, back, and decollete covered.Black close-toed shoes with low or moderate heels.A black head covering, usually interpreted as a black lace mantilla (veil) like the one Melania #Trump wore (Ivanka’s headpiece was a bit more fashion.
There is an exception to the black if you are a #queen or princess of an official Catholic #monarchy or duchy. In such a case, you may wear white formal clothing, white close-toed shoes, and a white veil. This exception, called in #French le privilège du blanc (“the privilege of wearing white”), was initially granted to Catholic queens of #Europe. It is now limited to #Catholic queens (and dowager queens) or princesses of specific #royal houses.
Today, these include the queens and dowager queens of #Spain and #Belgium, the princesses of #Monaco and #Naples, and the grand duchess of #Luxembourg. Women granted the privilege may choose to exercise it or not, usually depending on the formality of the occasion, with white being reserved for the most formal and traditional black being worn at other times.
Hope this answers your questions! 😊