In recent years, the British royal family has been increasingly associated with fashion trends. Princess Diana and the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, Catherine and Meghan, are each considered fashion icons and inspirational figures in this regard. But long before them, Queen Elizabeth II was, for her part, such an exemplary figure..
Fashion dossier: Queen Elizabeth II during the years
In our fashion feature this week, we take a look back at fashion and Queen Elizabeth II of England. Take a look at her outfits and learn about the evolution of the Queen and her wardrobe over the years !
Queen Elizabeth II and her choice of outfits through the years
If you’ve been interested in the history of the British Royal Family or have followed Netlfix’s The Crown series, you probably know that Queen Elizabeth II was not always destined to ascend the throne. Since her coronation, Elizabeth has gradually imposed her own style.
Outfits in bright colors
In recent years, the Queen of England has imposed a distinctive look. It is recognizable in particular by the brightly colored outfits which are very popular with the Elizabeth II. According to several sources, this choice of colors is no accident. The Queen has adopted them in particular to stand out more easily, especially when moving around during her daily engagements. Thanks to the brightly colored outfits, Elizabeth II is easy to spot in crowds and in photos.
For this reason, Elizabeth II can often be seen wearing outfits in bright daytime colors. On the other hand, at formal dinners and other evening events, she replaces her outfits with glamorous dresses..
The royal style, which is that of Princess Diana and Duchesses Catherine and Meghan, still follows precise rules dictated by royal etiquette. For example, in the photos in our gallery, you will see that Queen Elizabeth II often wears gloves. In addition to being a fashion accessory, the gloves are used to protect the Queen’s hands when she has to shake hands with many people while on the move..
The handbag is another typical accessory in Queen Elizabeth II’s wardrobe. Royal label specialists say the Queen of England still relies on similar handbag models. In addition to completing their outfit, they are also used to communicate specific messages to those around them thanks to a code developed over the years..
In the minds of many people, the wardrobe of the British royal family is associated with a special accessory: the crown. And indeed, we have all seen Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex wearing wreaths at various events..
Like the rest of fashion accessories, crowns have meaning. They are worn only in the evening, which means they cannot complement daytime outfits. In addition, the crowns are reserved only for married women who are part of the royal family..
In the gallery below you can see more photos of the Queen of England and her choice of outfits through the years.
Fashion report: Queen Elizabeth II through the years
As a child, the young princess wears a royal dress in 1932
Since childhood, the future queen loves dogs
Dressed casually with her favorite corgis
In family with her father, King George whom she will inherit as Queen of England
One of the queen’s passions is horse riding
In black and white photo with members of the royal family
During WWII, the Queen wears an appropriate dress as a member of the Auxiliary Territoial Service.
In formal evening dress, the young Elizabeth II is pictured during an outing
Royal fashion: a photo of young Elizabeth II with an elegant silk dress
Like other members of the royal family, the future Queen of England poses for a photo following her wedding to Prince Philippe
The Queen is pictured with her baby and her husband Prince Philippe
In 1950, the queen wears a blue color set with matching accessories
In 1952, the Queen was pictured wearing an official dress bearing her insignia and a crown
A cute example of British royal family fashion with an evening gown and matching accessories
Queen Elizabeth II wore only bright colors throughout her life. Here she is pictured in a dark green outfit with gloves and accessories in white.
On the occasion of her coronation, the Queen of England wears the symbols of royal power. In this photo, we see her in particular with the royal crown.
Queen Elizabeth II has always been aware of the importance of her public image
In 1960, a black and white photo shows us the queen dressed in a light colored long dress worthy of a fairy tale.
Before opting for brightly colored outfits, the Queen of England also wore dresses in pastel shades. This image dates from the early 1960s of the twentieth century. Elizabeth II wears a light pink dress.
Queen Elizabeth II has always been aware of the importance of her public image. The choice of outfits in bright colors is part of this image. In this photo, we can easily see the queen who is the only one wearing a bright blue outfit.
Two fashion icons from different generations: the young Princess Diana is pictured here with the Queen of England and her son, Prince Charles.
Royal etiquette is not just for the Queen, but for all members of the Royal Family. They are usually required to match their outfits, especially when photos are taken together, like here Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip.
Since Prince Harry’s marriage to the Duchess of Sussex, she has gradually established herself as a fashion icon in her turn. The official outings of the royal family have played an important role in this regard. In this photo, the young Sussex family can be seen with the Queen of England wearing an outfit in bright shades of blue.
The Queen’s official activities also include dates and audiences with famous people, like here with Daniel Craig. For this occasion, Elizabeth II opted for an outfit in pastel shades.
The outfits of the royal family are harmonized with each other
The outfits of the royal family are harmonized with each other but they are also tuned to the seasons of the year. For example, shades of yellow, green and pink are usually worn during warmer months, such as spring and summer..
Queen Elizabeth II often wears gloves on official outings. Gloves aren’t just an accessory, according to fashion and royal etiquette experts. They are meant to protect the Queen and her hands when she meets a lot of people. In this image, the Queen is also wearing her favorite handbag from the Launer brand. According to some information, the handbag is used by his majesty to communicate with those around him in a subtle way..
Formal parties are the occasion for the Queen to replace her brightly colored dresses with glamorous ones. She completes her outfits with harmonized accessories, like here shoes and a handbag in metallic color. In the evening, the queen can also wear her favorite accessory, the gloves.
Historically, gloves have been part of official attire not only for the British royal family but also for the nobility in Europe. They were a staple of court fashion in France and England. Elizabeth chose to continue this tradition which did not have as much popularity with the younger members of the royal family.
The queen doesn’t just wear bright colors
The queen doesn’t just wear bright colors. In this image, she opted for a timeless combination of black and white.
The crown is an iconic accessory of the monarchy. It is not worn every day and can only be adopted by married women.
His majesty rarely wears black
If you take a close look at the images in our gallery, you will notice that Her Majesty rarely wears black. According to specialists, this is so because black is a color worn especially in the event of death. For formal occasions, royals adopt other dark shades, such as blue and green.
Hats and similar accessories often complement the hairstyles of women of the royal family. This tradition has its origins in the distant past. She is still watched by the youngest members of the British Royal Family.
Queen Elizabeth II matches her outfit with the occasion and with the season
Her Majesty’s official outfits also come with small accessories, such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets..
Small handbags are preferred by all women in the royal family.
Her majesty is known for her bold but always appropriate color choices.
The Queen of England can also combine a neutral colored outfit with a touch of lively undertone for her official outings..
When traveling outside of Great Britain, members of the British Royal Family often opt for outfits, colors and accessories that showcase local cultures.
When it comes to bright colors, Queen Elizabeth II is sure to choose the right accessories to match her outfit..
Young, Elizabeth always enjoyed horseback riding and walks. Many photos can be seen from this period in the life of the queen who wears more casual outfits. She often accompanies them with accessories that protect her hair.
Elizabeth’s outfits are generally characterized by their conservative style..
In the photos, the queen is easy to spot thanks to her bright or light colored outfits.