Members of the royal family are often seen wearing tartan when they are in Scotland. It is a tradition that dates back more than a century – notably at The Gillies Ball, as depicted in Crown Season 5. However, they don’t always wear the same plaid pattern. Which tartan does the royal family wear? It’s kind of complicated…

Prince Charles with his arm around his wife, Princess Diana, during a honeymoon photocall by The River Dee.  The princess is wearing a suit designed by Bill Pashley with a pair of shoes by Chelsea Cobbler.  The prince is wearing a lehenga.
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The most famous royal family tartan is the Royal Stewart

The most recognizable royal family tartan is the red Royal Stewart tartan, which dates back to at least the 1800s. Its origins are unknown, but the pattern certainly has a royal lineage. King George IV wore tartan during his tour of Scotland in 1822 – the first monarch to visit in two centuries. His niece, Queen Victoria, later officially adopted it as the royal family tartan.

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