Queen Elizabeth II is known for her 70 years of steadfast service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth – but she will forever be remembered for her royal style.
In the year The late monarch, who died on September 8, 2022, aged 96, was a fashion icon in her younger years like Princess Diana or Kate Middleton, inspiring trends and embracing the latest designers of the 1950s, 1960s and beyond.
A master of “diplomatic dressing,” the Queen often rewards symbolism and color in her wardrobe, prompting younger royals like the new Princess of Wales and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, to add similar touches to their own outfits.
What’s more, many of Her Majesty’s jewels and tiaras – and one memorable dress in particular – were shared with other members of the royal regime, proving that these precious items can exist.
In the latest episode of “Royal Roundtable” (and below), we explore the lasting impact of some of the Queen’s most iconic outfits.
The Wedding Dress (1947)
When Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip on November 20, 1947, she walked down the aisle in a stunning Norman Hartnell wedding gown covered in 10,000 seed pearls and richly embroidered.
Women in the United Kingdom were so excited about the wedding that after World War II, she mailed their own ration coupons to the princess, putting them into the expensive design. When she needed to return them, the touching gesture showed how much people cared for the future queen.
The Crown Dress (1953)
Queen Elizabeth II has made sure her coronation dress reflects her new role not only in the UK but also in the Commonwealth. A short-sleeved, heavily embroidered Norman Hartnell gown featured national symbols such as English roses, Scottish thistles, Irish shamrocks and Australian wattles.
Six decades later, Meghan Markle will take a similar approach with her wedding veil, hand-woven with plants from every Commonwealth country – with wintersweet and California poppies growing in the grounds of Kensington Palace. to the state of her birth.
“Lawrence of Arabia” First Look (1962)
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In the year In 1962, the Queen went with another Norman Hartnell design in the 1962 “Lawrence of Arabia” glamor show, and a sleeveless ivory taffeta dress covered in diamante accents would find new life at a later royal wedding.
In the year In 2020, Princess Beatrice called her grandmother’s dress “something borrowed” and “something old” when she said her vows to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at a secret wedding attended by Her Majesty and Prince Philip. Another touching detail was her tiara: the same one the Queen wore for her 1947 wedding.
In Balmoral (1967)
In past years, Her Majesty has adopted uniform attire on public engagements, usually a colorful coat with a matching skirt (often floral) underneath, and of course, a bright hat.
But when she’s off duty, she sticks to a uniform, wearing Scottish tartan and English tweed, a cardigan (she prefers the House of Burr style), hunter wellies, a patterned headscarf and a Barbour coat.
A fine kilt was a favorite of the late royal, and she sometimes wore the distinctive Balmoral tartan, designed by her great-grandfather, Prince Albert.
Visiting Ireland (2011))
Diplomatic attire became even more important when Her Majesty visited Ireland in 2011, becoming the first British monarch to visit the country in 100 years (her grandfather King George V visited in 1911).
Dressed in a Stewart Parvin green coat with a matching floral dress and Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat, the Queen sent a message of unity with her outfit – and surprised the crowd with a speech she began speaking in Irish.
On international tours since then, both Middleton and Markle have worn the same color to honor their host countries.
Tie the Color (2016)
The queen was very surprised! As Her Majesty once famously said, she has to be seen to be believed, and she always wears bright colors so that her subjects can see her in the crowd – like the neon green coat and hat Stewart Parvin chose for her 90th birthday. In 2016 holidays.
Nora’s costume immediately went viral on social media – as did the hashtag #neonat90 – with many sharing “green screen” memes. Her majesty, who is known for her sense of humour, is sure to be defeated by all this.