STORM IN A BRITISH TEACUP: A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told WWD Friday that it would “never dictate or specify what press members should wear when covering a royal event.” WWD posed the question following complaints by members of the American press who are gearing up for a royal tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Dec. 7-9. Journalists seeking accreditation for the tour would have spotted a standard dress code policy from Buckingham Palace stipulating that men wear a jacket and tie, and women a trouser or skirt suit, while casually dressed members of the media will be turned away — although, if anyone has seen some of the members of the British royal press corps in their suits and anoraks, they might wonder where the dress code is. Members of the American press have reacted with humor — and varying degrees of pique — about the dress code. The Palace spokeswoman said that if a journalist were to inquire about a dress code for a specific event, the palace would be happy to “discuss attire.” While they are stateside, the duke will head to Washington, D.C. for a day while the duchess will be in New York. The couple will attend events on behalf of the Royal Foundation and the charities with which they are affiliated.