The Queen has been wearing this £8 nail polish for THIRTY years

And you probably have it too

And you probably have it too

Queen Elizabeth may spend a small fortune on perfume, but when it comes to her nail polish, she’s much more partial to a bargain.

It turns out that, being very particular about her mani, she’s been wearing the same polish for 30 years, and it costs just £7.99 a bottle.

According to Essie, its ballet slippers shade is ‘the only colour Her Majesty would wear’.

Shop now: Essie Nail Lacquer 6 Ballet Slippers for £7.99 from Boots

It all started in 1989 when the Queen’s hairdresser wrote the company a letter requesting the particular shade.

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We can see why she picked it too. It’s a subtle sheer pink that looks natural and goes with everything.

She’s not the only royal to love a bit of Essie either, as Kate Middleton wore allure, a similar shade of pink, on her wedding day to Prince William.

Plus, you just can’t knock the price.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.