Queen Elizabeth II’s style has changed over the years, from softer colours to bright, breezy cuts to flowy dresses and even more casual, relaxed clothes. Her Majesty also loves hats, turbans, capes, shawls, and oddly plaid skirts and quilted waistcoats.
Although the queen usually wears a royal “uniform” that she rarely takes off, the queen has previously been seen wearing slightly different outfits than usual, according to fashion expert Miranda Holder.
Just last week, Her Majesty wore sunglasses with slightly orange lenses to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
It’s interesting that lenses like these are in vogue right now, not the kind one would expect a 96-year-old woman to wear.
The Queen also wore a thin sweater, a wool cardigan and a cape, showing that she knows how to layer – and knows it very well.
Interestingly, though, her attire for the show was dark and pastel, a departure from Her Majesty’s usual look.
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Miranda explained: “The Queen is acutely aware that her wardrobe is actually being paid for by the British tax-paying public, so she wears clothes to please us.”
“It’s one of the reasons we associate her with the rainbow colors that help her stand out from the crowd and be easily spotted by onlookers and fans.
“The monarch famously said that if she wore beige, ‘no one would know who I am’, and she was absolutely right.”
The style expert went on to explain the Queen’s “style uniform,” with the help of her personal assistant and dresser, Angela Kelly, “through the clever use of block colors, perfectly proportioned color-coordinated hats, gloves, sensible Shoes and one of the many popular smart Launer bags”.
She continued: “Her look has become so iconic that it was surprising to see her wearing some of the softer colours at the Royal Windsor Horse Show recently.
“Her Majesty was in attendance twice to indulge her passion for horses and looked radiant, though she ditched the familiar bright hues, once in a dark navy knitted cardigan and once in a charcoal grey embroidered cape.
“It turned out to be confusing to the public because it was quite a change in direction, although we can all think about the reasons for it, and for sure – the decision was definitely made consciously and consciously.
“My thinking is that the dark navy might be a tribute to the late Prince Philip as this is the first time the Queen has attended an event without him, while grey or platinum with silver embroidery is a clear reference to the upcoming The coming Platinum Jubilee.”
Miranda added: “We know the Queen has not had a good time over the past few months, and it’s also worth considering the rules around royal etiquette, which can sometimes be a little unrealistic and restrictive.
“It’s considered indecent for royals to take off their coats in public, which is why we often see Kate Middleton in her classic coat dress.
“It may be impractical for a monarch to wear one of her signature coats during a fashion show for health reasons, which may be from an action standpoint, or simply for comfort.
“A cardigan or cape is a much more comfortable and functional answer in this case, and our queen has paired them perfectly with strategic jewels and a turban, and every inch looks like a royal sign.”