Secrets of style: the queen’s fashion heritage

“The Queen’s style has always been timeless,” says historian and royal expert Amanda Foreman. “No matter what decade you look at it, it’s always been a little ahead of fashion, and at the same time inapplicable. And that’s what makes it so special.”

After spending an extraordinary 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving monarch in British history, and her image has become inextricably linked to the image of the United Kingdom. As such, her style has always been considered a marker of the times; while in her later years she became known as the “queen of colors”, thanks to her penchant for bright colors – making her a pillar of strength and perseverance – in the early years of her reign, she demonstrated through her wardrobe what it meant to be a fashion-conscious mother. and head of state.

London, United Kingdom January 1, 1977 Queen Elizabeth II greets the public during the Silver Jubilee Walk on January 1, 1977 in London, English photo by Anwar Husseingetty

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“The Queen’s style has evolved over time,” says costume designer Michele Clapton, who was responsible for the historically accurate look seen in the first season of the royal Netflix drama, The Crown. “I think part of her style came from necessity. Even before she became queen she was a style icon. People loved her and followed her like a movie star … She adapts to any situation, but she always does it with dignity and with an eye for style. “

“She’s always right – never make a mistake,” adds famed stylist Miranda Almond, who also contributes to the fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s classic, chic, bold, colorful, sophisticated. She always makes sure to stand out, but she never stands out openly.”

london, england 02 june queen elizabeth ii and prince edward, duke of kent on the balcony of buckingham palace during the troupe of color parade on june 2, 2022 in Great Britain and the Commonwealth on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the inauguration of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952, photograph by Chris Jacksongetty

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So what style lessons can we learn from Her Majesty?

“For older ladies, she’s a real style icon,” says Almond. “Why do you have to give up your fashion choices as you get older? The queen obviously isn’t and I think that’s really encouraging. So I think the best style lesson you can take from the queen is to stick to what you know and what works for you – and a little have fun with it. ”

queen and horse

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Foreman agrees: “What is so important about the Queen is that she is able to promote the idea of ​​femininity and femininity that is completely authentic and sincere to be a woman. She didn’t have to try to wear extra makeup or wear ‘sexy’ clothes, or to pretend to be something other than what you are. It’s very empowering for all women – to know that as old they can dress comfortably, they can dress nicely, they can wear colors, but above all, they can be their own and be respected. ”

Queen Prince Philip moves out of Windsor Castle

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In our exclusive video above, three experts dissect the Queen’s different looks over the centuries, discuss what we all find so fascinating in royal fashion, and share what they think will be her enduring legacy of style.

Videographer: Eleonora Cristin

Senior producer: Lauren McCall

Digital editor: Sarah Karmali

Hairstyle and makeup: Laura Tucker

Locations: Biltmore Mayfair i One Aldwych

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