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The Royal Fab 4 — Prince William, Duchess Kate and their adorable heirs, George and Charlotte — visited Poland and Germany last week and reminded the world why we need royals.

No. 1: They dress up.

The Founding Fathers extricated America from the tyranny of King George III 241 years ago, but we can’t seem to extricate ourselves from our own bad taste.

One thing we could have learned from Great Britain is a royal standard of dress and decorum.

We like watching Kate’s clothing choices because we don’t see enough people who are impeccably put together.

The Trump women are among the few exceptions — they are immaculate and stylish and proof that one way to make America great again is to make an effort with your appearance.

“The worst thing that has ever happened to fashion is casualization,” jewelry designer R.J. Graziano recently told me.

He’s right. Thank goodness for the red, white and blue — and we do mean the colors of this summer’s global state visits.

Melania Trump’s wardrobe for her visit to France echoed the colors of the United States and French flags.

As writer Vanessa Friedman noted in The New York Times: “As a visual demonstration that this trip was about outreach and about what the United States and France might share — and a nod to a little cultural sensitivity and knowledge — the selections may not have been subtle, but they were effective.”

Duchess Kate also chose mostly red, white and blue last week.

In Poland, Kate wore an Alexander McQueen white power suit with peplum and little Charlotte wore a red smocked dress — echoing the colors of the Polish flag.

Kate, 35, wore an edgy white dress with a deep-V neckline and black-leaf belt — by Polish designer Gosia Bacynska — for one party in Warsaw. (Her new, shorter hairdo also got raves for its modern movement.)

Arriving in Berlin, she switched into a “Berlin Blue” coatdress by Catherine Walker. This color was first developed in Berlin in the early 18th century, and became the color for the Prussian Army until World War I.

In Germany, Kate wore a dramatic McQueen off-the-shoulder red gown to a garden party to honor the queen’s birthday. Her strappy Prada sandals and red pedicure were particularly snazzy.

She wore a floral, two-piece Erdem suit.

Melania Trump also wore a floral print to celebrate Bastille Day during her France visit.

Her stylist, Hervé Pierre, told Women’s Wear Daily the Valentino dress’ floral pattern was meant “to be reminiscent of the flowers — the carnations, poppies and wheat” that people carried along the Champs-Élysées in May 1945 while celebrating the Liberation of Paris after WWII.

Florals signify femininity, while solid colors are more powerful.

Also notable: Kate’s blue/purple peplum coat dress by Catherine Walker, worn in Berlin. That shade is the color of Germany’s national flower, and even Charlotte was dressed in the same hue.



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