How the Queen starts her day is so far removed from everyone else

Most of us wake up and rummage through our wardrobes in the morning, trying to find something to wear for that day.

But when you’re the Queen, things are a little different.

Paul Burrell, who was Her Majesty’s footman before he became Princess Diana’s butler, reveals to Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’ that the Queen doesn’t have any clothes - or “costumes” as she calls them - in her rooms.

He says: “The Queen has to have her outfits brought down to her, all her clothes are kept on the top floor.

“Her dresser will bring down two outfits in the morning, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool.

“The one the Queen picks is the one which is brought downstairs from up above so she doesn’t actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it.”

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The Queen during a visit to Greenfaulds High School in the west of Cumbernauld, Scotland. [Photo: PA]
The Queen during a visit to Greenfaulds High School in the west of Cumbernauld, Scotland. [Photo: PA]

The 93-year-old monarch is known for her bold coloured outfits and matching hats, usually designed by her dressmaker Angela Kelly or royal couturier Stewart Parvin.

It’s believed the Queen chooses bright outfits in order to stand out when she’s in a crowd.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.
The Queen, pictured at the Chelsea Flower Show, regularly rewears her outfits. [Photo: PA]

And the monarch isn’t one to wear an outfit just once.

Like her daughter, Princess Anne, the Queen is frugal when it comes to fashion.

She recently rewore the lime green Stewart Parvin outfit she donned at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Author Brian Hoey wrote in his 2011 book Not in Front of the Corgis: “The Queen’s clothes are a constant source of comment in the media and she will wear a favourite outfit for years.

“When she finally tires of it, she will hand it to one of her dressers, who can either wear it or sell it.”