The Queen: 70 Years Of Iconic Fashion
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The Queen: 70 Years Of Iconic Fashion

February 7, 2022 Share

Yesterday, the Queen became the first monarch to reach 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth as she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee. That’s also 70 years (and more) as an unsung hero of British fashion.

While recent years have seen fashion experts recognising the Queen’s favoured style of head-to-toe colour-blocking mixed with her signature accessories, this has not always been the case. There’s no doubting that the Queen’s style has evolved throughout time, from the sparkle and splendour of formal events in the early days of her reign to the florals she adopted in the 1970s and 1980s.

So, if you think the Duchess of Cambridge is the Royal Family’s style icon, you are mistaken. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to look back on the Queen’s sartorial timeline.


The Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) and Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), 1932 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

Oh, so she’s always had style. We can totally see where Princess Charlotte gets her coat inspiration from.


Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), 1946 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

Pictured alongside her sister, the pair are sporting full-length gowns with the kinds of sleeves we’ve seen a lot of in the past year or so. It may have taken a while, but they two have certainly set a trend.


Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), 1951 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

We adore this bright green dress, especially the cinched waist and the ruffled neckline. Hello, summer!


Queen Elizabeth II, 1953 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

That sweetheart neckline though… swoon. Here, HRH breaks an unspoken royal rule by going sleeveless. Amazing.


Queen Elizabeth II attending a film premiere, 1960 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

The Queen donned this gorgeous beaded gown, created by Norman Hartnell, to attend a film premiere in this full-on Singin’ in the Rain flashback. 


Queen Elizabeth II, 1973 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

This embellished sage green headscarf is the stuff of dreams. So extra and we love her for it.


Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, 1988 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

The Queen went all-out country bumpkin in her tweed for the Royal Windsor Horse Show.


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with their corgis at Balmoral in 1994 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

A matching tartan moment with your husband surrounded by the royal corgis is nothing less than iconic.


Queen Elizabeth II at the Windsor Horse Show, 1998 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

The Queen is rocking a pair of sunnies with a preppy shirt look for the Windsor Horse Show here. A classic accessory that one must never overlook.


Queen Elizabeth II on a Royal Visit to Canada, 2010 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

The trench coat: a simple wardrobe staple for anyone with any sense of style. So, of course, our Queen has one.


Queen Elizabeth II, 2018 (photo via Instagram: @queenelizabethiiuk)

Typical of a more modern-day Queen Elizabeth II outfit, she can be seen in bright sunshine-yellow, a matching hat, with her go-to patent top handle bag from Launer.

Author: Imogen Burnett