A look back at the amazing fashion history of Queen Elizabeth II…
On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II will make history as she will be the first monarch to have reigned over Great Britain for 65 years – and in 90 years of being in the public eye, HRH has never put a sensibly heeled foot wrong in the sartorial stakes.
Year after year, ribbon cutting after gala diner after state visit, she offers a masterclass in how to stay chic, classic and most importantly of all, appropriately dressed without skimping on colour or glitz when needed.
Over the years, she has become famous for wearing bright, block colours, pearl necklaces, pristine white gloves, headscarves and plaid skirts. With her instantly recognisable style along with her synonymous Launer handbags, Queen Elizabeth II has even been the inspiration for an entire Dolce & Gabbana collection.
During her long reign, the Queen’s style has certainly evolved. From the smart dress coats she wore as a child to the statement turban-style hats of the 60s, she mixed things up but always remained true to her regal heritage.
One of her most fashionable moments (aside from that stunning wedding dress) came in the form of a stunning white ball gown with floral embellishment for her tour of America. Scroll for more of her Majesty’s best outfits.
Even as a baby, Queen Elizabeth II showed some serious fashion flair.
Princess Elizaberth, complete with adorable embroidered ‘E’ purse, is pictured with Princess Margaret.
King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth in the 1930s.
The Queen Mother and Princess Elizabeth, complete with corgis, in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Princess Elizabeth in a classic 1930’s look of dress coat, long socks and patent Mary Janes.
The future Queen with her then-fiance Phillip Mountbatten.
Who can forget Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress, worn at her wedding to Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey? The dress was inspired by Botticelli’s painting of Primavera, hence the motifs of scattered flowers. The star-patterned train was also a symbol of rebirth after the war. The dress was decorated with 10,000 pearls and crystals, imported from the US.
Princess Elizabeth in Paris wearing a chic green suit and black ankle-strap shoes.
Ever the style icon, Princess Elizabeth can pull off a statement hat with ease – and knows a thing or two about toting a clutch too.
For her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II rose the the occasion in an embellished ballgown and bespoke cape, plus crown jewels of course.
The release of the first colour photos finally revealed the Queen’s love of colour to the world.
The Queen nailed Goodwood race-day attire in this floral tea dress.
The Queen with Princess Anne and, naturally a corgi, at Liverpool Street Station. We’re huge fans of that leopard print scarf.
For a Windsor Castle cocktail party, Queen Elizabeth chose the perfect lace dress and cropped jacket – all rounded off with one of her signature Launer bags.
Pearls, baby blue coat and a chic but not OTT hat – the Queen’s look for the Royal Windsor Horse Show is perfection.
Never one to shy away from colour or luxe fabrics, this 60s dress complete with matching hat is one of her most on-trend looks.
For a trip to Malta, the Queen opted for pink florals and her signature long white gloves.
If ever there was a look to epitomise the Queen’s signature style, this is it. Colourful dress, pearls and a corgi – it’s all right here.
The Queen’s love of colour and chic white accessories made for the perfect choice during a sunny trip to Jamaica.
When not wearing printed dresses and colour-pop skirt suits, tweeds are the Queen’s go-to, especially on days at Sandringham.
Baby pink and tweed – this is the perfect summer country show look.
One of the Queen’s most stand-out style moments came during a visit to America in 1983.
For the royal tour of Canada in 1984, the Queen fully embraced the decade’s rich textures and bold hues.
When not on international engagements, the Queen’s signature style often incorporates Windsor-appropriate hues and a signature headscarf.
In a surprising sartorial move, Queen Elizabeth broke with traditional and opted for a loose-fitting maxi for a trip to Claridge’s.
The style icons showed off their faultless style while celebrating the Queen Mother’s 87th birthday at Clarence House.;
For the wedding of Viscount and Viscountess Linley’s wedding in 1993, Queen Elizabeth opted for a chic and demure-length pink coat, floral dress and her synonymous white gloves and mid-heel pumps.
The Queen made a much needed wardrobe switch-up, opting for bright but less fitted dresses for a royal tour of Thailand.
Quite possibly one of our favourite pictures ever, this is the time the Queen matched (perhaps unintentionally) her striking yellow dress and hat with the McDonald’s sign. Love.
Colourful and practical, this Windsor Polo Club look says everything about the Queen’s well-honed ability at dressing appropriately.
A bright two-piece with matching hat and her signature shoes and bag – this is one of Queen Elizabeth’s most reliably stylish looks of her reign.
The Queen opted for a chic baby blue two-piece to celebrate her diamond wedding anniversary in Hampshire. We love everything about this look- and the adorable picture.
Never one to shy away from colour, this turquoise and pink pairing is one of her best.
Riding at the grand age of 89 – this tweed and headscarf combo is everything we love about the Queen’s off-duty country style.
This peach ensemble was just divine.
Even at 90 she can work bright pink like no other. We love.
For a day at the races, Queen Elizabeth II mixes things up with a boucle coat, and, dress code oblige, a matching feather hat.
Shot by Annie Leibowitz, Buckingham Palace released three portraits of the Queen on her 90th birthday.
In one of the photos, the Queen was pictured with her only daughter, Princess Anne.
In the most adorable pic of the batch though, Queen Elizabeth II is pictured at her home with all of her grandchildren together.
Whereas the Queen often wears bright colours for outside engagements, she opted for a pastel green suit to greet Princess Alexandra of Kent. Very elegant.
For the sombre occasion of Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph, the Queen wore a black ensemble and a posy of poppies on her shoulder.
After giving us all a scare when she was out of action at Christmas due to a cold, the Queen made a stylish comeback in this vibrant suit (with signature matching hat of course) to visit an exhibition in Norwich. To say she brightened up a bleak January day is an understatement.
To celebrate 65 years on the throne, this portrait of The Queen shot by David Bailey was re-released (it was taken in 2014). Her Majesty looks incredible in a blue sating dress, with sapphire and diamond jewels gifted to her by her father King George VI on her wedding day.