The most daring outfits celebrities wore to meet members of the British royal family

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Lady Gaga meets Queen Elizabeth II in Blackpool, England, on December 7, 2009. Leon Neal/Stringer/Getty Images
  • It’s common for celebrities to greet British royals at movie premieres, concerts, and more.
  • Some of them, like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, have worn daring dresses during their meetings.
  • Other stars took the daring approach of wearing jeans or tops with cutouts.

In 1997, Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls posed next to Prince Charles while wearing platform sneakers.
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Geri Halliwell and Prince Charles at the Manchester Opera House on May 9, 1997. Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images
She paired the bold footwear with sparkling blue shorts and a white tank top that had blue sequins and a V-shaped neckline. She wore the ensemble to a Royal Gala held to celebrate the 21st anniversary of The Prince’s Trust.

Prince Charles, on the other hand, donned a traditional black suit.

Halliwell and the rest of her bandmates then wore equally daring outfits while taking a photo with Prince Harry.
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The Spice Girls, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles in South Africa on November 1, 1997. Mark Cuthbert/Getty Images
For a concert, the band wore drastically different outfits that represented their individual styles. Halliwell chose a red skirt, white crop top, and red platform heels, while Mel B wore gray velvet pants, a matching bralette, and white sneakers.

Emma Buton opted for a green minidress and platform sneakers, Victoria Beckham wore a white bralette under a pantsuit, and Melanie C looked athletic in a blue sports top, matching pants, and running shoes.

The Spice Girls wore their signature looks again to shake hands with Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Spice Girls meet Queen Elizabeth II in London, England, on December 1, 1997. STR New/Reuters
The Queen attended the Spice Girls’ 1997 performance at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre in a metallic, short-sleeved dress, mid-length gloves, and gold jewels.

The Spice Girls wore bolder looks. Emma Lee Bunton wore a white sleeveless gown, while Victoria Beckham chose a brown strapless dress with a short slit down the side.

Melanie C wore the most casual look of the group, which included a tank top, red pants, and sneakers.

Halliwell shook the Queen’s hand while wearing a white halter gown, and Brown sported an animal-print bra, open shirt, and velvet pants.

Liz Hurley was wearing a glamorous gown with daring details when she met Prince Charles in 1999.
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Liz Hurley and Prince Charles in West London on June 9, 1999. Dave Hogan/Getty Images
For the De Beers/Versace “Diamonds are Forever” celebration that year, Hurley wore a sleeveless pink gown that was covered in sparkles. It had a plunging, scoop-style neckline, a thigh-high slit, and sheer panels on the bottom of its skirt. 

Prince Charles went with his classic tuxedo look that night.

Lenny Kravitz, on the other hand, wore a more unique style while shaking hands with the Prince of Wales in 2004.
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Prince Charles and Lenny Kravitz meet at Hyde Park in London on July 11, 2004. Tim Graham/Getty Images
The two met at an outdoor concert held at Hyde Park in London, England. Whereas Prince Charles wore a gray suit and red tie, Kravitz wore a mesh shirt, a studded denim jacket, and an oversized knit hat.
In 2007, Kanye West and Diddy kept their shades on while posing for pictures with Prince Harry and Prince William.
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Prince William, Kanye West, Prince Harry, and P. Diddy on July 1, 2007. Tim Graham/Getty Images
West wore a gray-toned blazer over a tan shirt and red tie. He also wore white shutter shades, which were all the rage in the early aughts. Diddy also embraced the era’s trends by wearing a navy jacket over a graphic T-shirt.

Harry and Prince William opted for more traditionally royal looks, which included button-up shirts, neutral-colored jackets, and casual pants with belts. 

Enrique Iglesias sported jeans while shaking hands with the Queen that year.
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Enrique Iglesias meets Queen Elizabeth II in Liverpool, England, on December 3, 2007. Pool/Tim Graham Royal Photos/Getty Images
The two met after the annual Royal Variety Performance. The Queen wore a sparkling white dress, diamond jewelry, and carried a flower bouquet. Iglesias paired his denim pants with a black blazer and white button-up shirt.
Miley Cyrus was wearing a gown with a plunging neckline while meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.
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Miley Cyrus meets Queen Elizabeth II in Blackpool, England, on December 7, 2009. Leon Neal/Reuters
She looked radiant in the orange design, which had a floor-length skirt, crisscross belt, and a tiny cutout across her waistline.

Cyrus, who was a host of that year’s Royal Variety Performance, contrasted the Queen’s sparkling black shawl, matching dress, and black gloves.

At the same event, Lady Gaga met the Queen while wearing an unconventional costume.
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Lady Gaga meets Queen Elizabeth II in Blackpool, England, on December 7, 2009. Leon Neal/Stringer/Getty Images
Her look that night included a red latex dress with a high neckline and puffy sleeves. Lady Gaga also wore pointed red boots, curled blonde hair, and exaggerated eye shadow embellished with makeup jewels.
Jennifer Lopez sported a dress with daring cutouts to an event where she met Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
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Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles on July 9, 2011. Pool/Getty Images
Her green gown had a slit across her chest and shoulder, and another triangular cutout across her waist. She wore the dress for the 2011 BAFTA Brits to Watch event, where she met Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were both dressed like royalty.

Middleton chose a pastel dress with a ruched bodice, and the Duke of Cambridge opted for a classic tuxedo.

In 2013, Cara Delevingne wore a cutout dress and unusual accessories for an event hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
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Cara Delevingne meets Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on July 9, 2013. WPA Pool/Getty Images
The model’s look included a sleeveless dress with fabric that wrapped around her waist and tied into a bow across her shoulder to create an open back. She also seemingly wore a leather belt as a headband.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall sported more subdued looks. The prince wore a blue suit and Camilla wore a white dress with a matching bedazzled jacket.

Lady Gaga wore another standout look during a meeting with Prince Harry in 2015.
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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett meet Prince Harry in London, England, on June 8, 2015. WPA Pool/Getty Images
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett were pictured meeting the Duke of Sussex before a gala concert in London, England.

Bennett went with a classic black suit and tie for the performance, while Lady Gaga wore a metallic long-sleeved dress with a plunging scoop-style neckline.

The musician also had her hair tied in a bun and wore jewels across her eyebrows.

Kate Perry wore a dress with a mesh top and plunging neckline for a royal event in February 2020.
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Katy Perry and Prince Charles in London, England, on February 4, 2020. Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool/ Getty Images
Her outfit included a blue strapless dress over a long-sleeved, sparkling mesh shirt. She looked elegant while standing next to Prince Charles, who wore a black tuxedo, on a red carpet of a reception held for supporters of the British Asian Trust.
In October 2021, Emma Watson wore a custom ensemble made from old wedding dresses at an event hosted by Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Emma Watson meets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in October 2021.
Emma Watson (on the left of Ed Sheeran) greets the royal couple on October 17, 2021. Neil Mockford/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Designed by Harris Reed, the outfit included a sleeveless top with a lace neckline covered in cutouts. The white shirt was also backless and had a tulle bodice that extended to the floor on her right side.