How does your favourite royal measure up in the height department? We’re not just talking feet and inches but heel height too. Whether it’s flats, boots, kitten heels, wedges or stilettos, see how the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, and Queen Elizabeth II fare when put to HELLO!’s exclusive Heel-O-Metre.
The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge’s heel height of choice tends to be about 3.5 inches, and she likes them lean and elegant. Kate measures 5ft 9in so, in her favourite Rupert Sanderson heels, she’s often just over 6ft; Prince William, at 6ft 2in, is only just taller.
The Duchess of Sussex
We all know Meghan loves her high heels - and she likes them really high! A big fan of the Italian shoe brand Aquazzura, most of the royal's heels are from 3½ in to 4.5½ in height. At 5ft 6, Meghan is shorter than her husband Prince Harry, who's 6ft 1.
Interestingly, it would appear that Meghan even wears shoes a little too big for her. Fashion stylist Harriet Davey explained to The Sun: "Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they're at an event or on the red carpet and it's for one reason we can all relate to—to avoid blisters."
She continued: "There's nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we've all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up. The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions—like long-time heel fan Victoria Beckham has been rumoured to suffer with."
Queen Elizabeth II is 5ft 4in, making her small in royal circles but just above average nationwide. Despite being much shorter than her husband (Prince Philip, in contrast, is 6ft), the Queen rarely wears high heels, preferring sensible loafers with at-most a two-heel block heel.
The Countess of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex is 5ft 5in and isn’t averse to giving her height a helping hand when it comes to her heels. She opts for around three inches but prefers a wedge heel to stilettos, for added comfort.
Camilla Parker Bowles
Many will be surprised to learn that the Duchess of Cornwall stands at 5ft 8in. Prince Charles is 5ft 10in and it’s rare that you’ll see his wife wearing anything higher than two-inch heels.
Princess Diana was famously 5ft 10in, the same height as Prince Charles. High heels weren’t en vogue in the 80s and 90s so her choice of heel tended to be low, at the most two inches.
Sarah Ferguson is tall by royal standards, at 5ft 8in, but she doesn’t shy away from adding a few more inches with her shoes. You’ll often find her in a pair of stylish three-inch stilettos, bringing her height up to 5ft 11in.
Princess Eugenie is 5ft 5in and likes to supplement her height with a heel. She isn’t afraid to go too high, often stepping out in up to four extra inches.
Lady Amelia Windsor
While it's not known exactly how tall Amelia is, she's thought to be around 5 ft 6, and is happy wearing everything from flats to platforms! Here, her gorgeous white chunky heels are pushing five inches.
Like her daughter, Zara Princess Anna, isn’t a fan of high heels. She loves boots, wearing them off-duty and sometimes on-duty too. Anne is 5ft 6in and it’s rare you’ll find her wearing anything higher than a one-inch block heel.