But the new Duchess of Sussex still had one on hand!

By Michelle Tauber and Simon Perry
June 19, 2018 12:33 PM

When Meghan Markle arrived by carriage for her first Royal Ascot on Tuesday, she was missing one notable accessory — a name tag.

The strikingly non-royal badge is typically worn by attendees of Royal Ascot to signal admission into the exclusive royal box. In the past, Meghan’s sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has always worn one. (It says “HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.”)

But on Tuesday, Meghan’s white Givenchy suit dress was without a name tag — putting her in the company of Queen Elizabeth, who never wears a name tag (go figure), and mother-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate Middleton wears a name tag at Royal Ascot in 2017.
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Meghan Markle at Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018.

PEOPLE understands that the royal women typically take their cue from the Queen, which is why they opted not to wear the badge. (The one exception: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who also rode in Meghan’s carriage.) But it’s a personal choice whether to wear one.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Meghan Markle at Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018.

However, Meghan did have one on hand — photos captured her carrying the tag, along with her Givenchy clutch.

Meghan Markle (with Prince Harry) carrying her name tag at Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018.
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PEOPLE has also confirmed that Meghan is wearing earrings from her favorite U.K. jeweler, Birks. The diamond studs in the Pétale style retail for $1,495.

• With reporting by MONIQUE JESSEN