From the Design wear look with a pop of color. Here, we look back at our late queen her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s most fashionable moments in 70 years of royal service.
In 1952, the young Princess Elizabeth became Queen following the death of her father King George VI. At just 26-years-old, she was thrust into the public eye and began attending numerous events on behalf of the monarchy. While her early wardrobe consisted mostly of conservative dresses and suits in dark colors, over time she began to experiment with brighter hues and patterns – much to the delight of fashion fans worldwide.
One could argue that one of Her Majesty’s first style statements came in 1955 when she wore a now iconic pink dress during a visit to Rome – accessorized perfectly with a diamond tiara and white gloves, naturally. The pastel hue quickly become associated with the monarch (she even has an entire range named after her at UK high street store Marks & Spencer) and is still one today; albeit toned down slightly for more formal occasions such as this year’s Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey where she donned a blush coat dress by Stewart Parvin teamed with hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.
While many associate Queen Elizabeth II with classic British labels like Norman Hartnell (who designed her wedding gown), it was actually French couturier Christian Dior who had dressed her for several key events including a State Banquet held in France back 1957 – an event which also saw then 27-year-old HRH take style cues from Audrey Hepburn’s little black Givenchy number worn earlier that year in Breakfast at Tiffany’s by swapping out diamonds for pearls as jewelry choices.. For said banquet, The Queen chose an ivory silk faille ballgown embroidered all-over with roses which featured billowing sleeves adorned with rosettes made using the same fabric – very Marie Antoinette meets 18th century Rococo painter François Boucher!
Elizabeth II is not afraid to take risks when it comes to fashion but knows how important it is maintain certain traditions too; something evident through both what she wears as well as doesn’t wear. Take 1992′s Windsor Castle fire disaster for example: while most would have opted for somber clothing given the tragic circumstances surrounding the blaze that destroyed large parts of the historic building, The Queen instead showed up to survey the damage caused wearing a cheerful yellow ensemble complete with discreetly coordinating hat and shoes– because life(and royalty) must go on!
More recently in 2016 at age 90 The Queen debuted perhaps her boldest color statement to date with a red coat dress by Angela Kelly during Trooping the month Colors to mark Her Majesty’s birthday celebrations– definitely not your average granny outfit! And last but not least there was 2018′s pink floral Erdem number worn for engagement photos with grandson Prince Harry ahead of his wedding to Meghan Markle which further cemented Elizabeth II as a grandmother goals figurehead thanks largely in part to he rown personal sense of fashion flair that showed no signs of fading …