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The Queen: 90 Years Of Fashion

With the Queen’s official 90th birthday this weekend, on 11 June 2016, we take a look back at her iconic fashion from over her record-breaking 63 years on the throne.

Back in 1952, Norman Hartnell was commissioned to make the Queen’s coronation dress. Despite him already having his own ideas for the design of her outfit, the Queen insisted that all floral patterns represent Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

From this moment on, the Queen would wear a range of colours and floral patterns. Combing elegant clothing with glorious hats, sturdy shoes and, of course, a handbag. The Queen’s outfits are now instantly recognisable all over the world.

In 1954, on a trip to the Epsom races, the queen wore a mink stole with a full pleated skirt, paired with stockings with a seam up the back, and a pair of black kitten heels.

For her sister, Princess Margaret’s wedding, just three months after giving birth to Prince Andrew, the Queen opted for a stunning blue dress with a full skirt to emphasise her small frame, combined with a delicately laced bolero jacket.


It was said that the yellow hat adorned with daises was chosen to make people smile when the Queen visited a maternity ward in 1962


Continuing with the yellow theme, this image was taken during her 1971 visit to Seychelles, HRH reflected her tropical location by wearing a simple yellow dress with a cut-away hat and pearl jewellery.


On a tour to Mauritius in 1972, the queen wore an all-white outfit, with a crossover waist showing off her slim figure. This is one of only a few occasions where the queen has had bare arms and an above-the-knees dress.


On a visit to a San Diego dockyard in 1983, the Queen wore what was quite an unusual outfit for her, showing how in tune she was with current fashion trends. The naval-inspired colours were said to have been chosen to complement the soldiers’ uniforms.


At the 1999 Royal Variety Performance, the Queen dazzled everyone in this colourful gown, partnered with a Launer handbag and twinkling silver shoes.


During a trip to Slovakia in 2004, Queen Elizabeth II attended an ice hockey match in a gold-threaded wool jacket, designed by Angela Kelly, oozing style and sophistication.


Earlier this year, the Queen’s outfit for her 90th birthday caused much discussion on social media as the first images of the Queen appeared to show her wearing a lemon-yellow number, but as the camera angles changed, the dress appeared more of a green colour.
But do not fear, we now know what the Queen was wearing as a spokesperson confirmed she was in a “spring grass green” outfit created by Angela Kelly.

We look forward to seeing what Her Royal Highness will be wearing on her official birthday on Saturday.


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