Queen Elizabeth's standout fashion moments, on what would've been her 97th birthday
Queen Elizabeth II lived until the remarkable age of 96. The longest reigning monarch in British history, she spent 70 years of her life on the throne, right up until her death on 8 September 2022.
Having been in the spotlight since birth, Queen Elizabeth certainly knew a thing or two about personal style and dressing for the public eye.
As a young princess, Elizabeth took to wearing the era-defining A-line floral tea dresses and pleated dresses, opting for practical tweed and skirt suiting for horse riding and other outdoor affairs.
In her late teens, she graduated to fitted dresses and straight skirt suits as she took on her duties as a senior royal.
In 1947, she married her late husband, Prince Philip, in a dress that was certainly fit for a future queen. Designed by her go-to couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, it featured a dramatic 13ft train and intricate embroidery representing the flora of the UK and Commonwealth countries.
When she succeeded her father to the throne in 1952, Elizabeth embraced elegant embroidered gowns for her coronation, and later state banquets and receptions, before honing her day-to-day style by enlisting designer Hardy Amies (until 1990).
In her final years, Her Majesty turned to dressmakers Stewart Parvin and Angela Kelly for her instantly recognisable colourful skirt suits, which, according to daughter-in-law Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, she wore to ensure she can be seen in large crowds.
On what would have been her 97th birthday, take a look back at Her Majesty's most memorable looks from her 70 years on the throne.
The late Queen Elizabeth II's standout fashion moments
Her Majesty's final engagement ensemble
The late Queen wore a tartan skirt, paying homage to Scotland, to officially welcome Britain's new prime minister Liz Truss on 6 September, 2022. A coordinating blouse, one of Her Majesty's go-to knitted cardigans and her three-string pearl necklace completed the put-together, but still comfortable, look.
Florals for spring
The late monarch opted for a spring palette with her floral dress, worn for her first official engagement of 2022, as she viewed a display of artefacts from British craftwork company, Halcyon Days, at Windsor Castle.
Pretty in pink
Queen Elizabeth was dressed for summer during an inspection of the Balaklava Company in August 2021 as she took up her summer residence in Balmoral, Scotland. She proudly pinned her Royal Regiment of Scotland brooch on her chest as she inspected the regiment.
A perfect example of Her Majesty's signature look. Elizabeth dressed in a vibrant deep orange coat dress and coordinating hat at the launch of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace in October 2021.
Her Majesty would put practicality first when dressing for the outdoors, and was known for her riding boots and waterproof wax jackets. Whatever she wore, Elizabeth always managed to look chic, as seen here in a green woollen caped coat with Prince Charles as he planted the first Jubilee tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
A little rain didn't stop the Her Majesty from embracing the summer in a pale pink dress coat and matching pink umbrella as she met guests as for her Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London in 2018.
The annual horse races at Royal Ascot allowed Her Majesty to push the boat out in terms of colour and pattern.
London Fashion Week
The late Queen wore a co-ordinating pale blue skirt suit as she sat next to Anna Wintour to view Richard Quinn's runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at London Fashion Week, 2018.
Her Majesty was rarely seen without her three-string pearl necklace and Launer bag. Seen here joined by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018.
Queen Elizabeth was also known for her numerous silk headscarves, seen here as she watched her horse 'Barber's Shop' win at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park in 2017 in Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth brightened even the rainiest of British days with her vibrant colour choices, as seen here when she visited the newly redeveloped Birmingham New Street Station in 2015.
Her Majesty looked every bit as glamorous in her eighties as she did in her twenties at a state dinner for Barack and Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace in 2011.
Queen Elizabeth II understood the power of a tonal outfit, such as when she attended the morning service on Christmas Day at Sandringham Church, Norfolk, 2010.
Royal jewellery collection
Even as she entered her eighties, Her Majesty still championed regal style, wearing the Diamond Diadem crown made by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell as she arrived at the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament in 2007.
Whilst styles may come and go, Her Majesty's trusty white block heels and square top-handled bags were always by her side, here as the ceremonial welcome for President Goncz of Hungary in Windsor, 2005.
Her Majesty opted for a light pink gown for a banquet in Hungary, but didn't go without her signature formal opera gloves and royal jewels for the formal occasion.
Style of the times
Her Majesty's vibrant yellow patterned skirt suit was indicative of the 80s decade as visited Berlin in May 1987.
Practicality is key
Queen Elizabeth adapted her accessories for each season. Seen here wearing a fur hat during a winter visit to Canada circa 1983.
Go-to dress shape
Queen Elizabeth took to wearing this recognisable patterned and pleated dress style on her royal tours, seen here with Prince Philip in Kiribati during their tour of the South Pacific, 1982.
Her Majesty wore comparatively casual wear, opting for a loose shirt and slacks whilst on safari with Prince Philip during their state visit to Zambia, 1979.
Royal tour wardrobe
Her Majesty embraced green in a capped sleeve dress and matching hat during her royal tour of New Zealand in 1977.
The late monarch would often match her patterned dresses to her brooches and hats whilst on tour, seen here during her visit to New Zealand part of her Silver Jubilee Year Tour in March 1977.
Penchant for polka-dots
Think Kate co-opted the polka-dot trend? Think again. The late Queen had been wearing the pattern for decades, as seen here in a yellow button-down dress with a group of local children during her state visit to Mexico, 1975.
Queen Elizabeth opted for sunshine yellow for her and Prince Philip's Commonwealth tour of New Zealand in 1974.
Red carpet glam
Queen Elizabeth opted for 70s glamour as she attended the premiere of Murder on the Orient Express in a silk turquoise dress with embroidered detailing in London in 1974.
Sleek travel outfits
Queen Elizabeth in a chic and sleek teal skirt suit, with co-ordinating feathered hat in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974.
The late monarch liked to match her outfit down to her accessories, including any neckerchiefs. Here with Prince Philip at Balmoral, Scotland, 1972.
Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were countryside style icons in tweed and gabardine whilst at Balmoral, Scotland, 1972.
The late monarch also experimented with patterns over the years, here one of the rare times Her Majesty was seen in houndstooth check with her daughter, Princess Anne, during a visit to Turkey in October, 1971.
At the races
Royal tours are where Her Majesty's style really showed itself, whilst chatting with jockeys Ron Quinton and Hilton Cope during her tour of Australia, April 1970.
Her Majesty in her go-to style, a sixties pea coat and hat, with her two corgis at the airport during the 1960s.
Whilst the silhouettes of her coat dresses rarely changed, the late Queen would mix it up with vibrant colours, reportedly so she can be seen from the crowd, as een here with Princess Anne at the wedding of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, 1967.
Go-to cover up
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Queen Elizabeth truly embraced the A-line pea coat style as her go-to outerwear in the 1960s, as seen here during a royal visit to the Isle of Wight in 1965.
Her Majesty had a penchant for an architectural floral hat, as seen here on a royal tour to Ghana in 1961.
Stepping into summer
Queen Elizabeth living La Dolce Vita whilst visiting Italy in 1961 wearing a summery checkered dress.
Queen Elizabeth embraced the festive season in a shimmering dress for her first televised Christmas Day address to the nation in 1957.
Her Majesty's blazer and floral dress combination seen here at Royal Ascot, wouldn't look out of place in 2023.
Going with the times
He Majesty embraced the 1950s style with a patterned dress in Germany in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth wore the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in an official portrait in 1953.
Coronation gown grandeur
For her coronation, the late Queen wore a design by Sir Norman Hartnell. It was created in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered with the floral emblems signifying the nations of the UK and the Commonwealth.
An avid horse rider, Queen Elizabeth II never passed up the opportunity to take part in the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, seen here in official uniform.
Chic practicality was the theme of then Princess Elizabeth's royal wardrobe.
The late Queen's formalwear in the early days featured a similar silhouette: a strapless gown with a cinched waist and full skirt, that allowed her royal jewels and tiaras to sing.
Whilst her skirt suits remained largely similar, the details changed with the times. Like these large mother-of-pearl buttons worn whilst with Prince Philip in Malta.
Queen Elizabeth wore a satin gown with intricate detail by Sir Norman Hartnell at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
The late Queen wore a lilac fitted dress with a sophisticated square collar, representing her graduation to a more senior role in the royal family, for her engagement portrait in 1947. It still featured a bit of fun though, with small bow detailing to the sleeves and neckline.
The happy couple
The late monarch's engagement to then-Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten raised the style stakes even further, opting for her now-recognisable coat dresses for her first outing since the young couple's engagement.
Diplomatic dressing seemed to come easily to Queen Elizabeth from a young age, seen here wearing a floral dress with her sister Margaret in Durban, South Africa.
Early style signatures
Queen Elizabeth has accessorised with her famous head scarf since she was a teenager, as seen here with her sister Margaret at Balmoral.
As she grew older, patterned A-line dresses with a cinched waist were a modest yet chic go-to for Queen Elizabeth, seen here at Windsor Castle in the late 1940s.
Summer dresses were also a mainstay of Elizabeth's royal wardrobe, but frills and bows kept them youthful in her early teens at Sandringham.
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose were often photographed in similar outfits during their youths, as seen here in matching tweed suits on the Sandringham Estate.
A family affair
Princess Elizabeth and sister, Princess Margaret wore matching pale pink outfits, pictured here with their mother, Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Warm woollen clothing and traditional tartan was already a part of Her Majesty's wardrobe from a young age.
Like mother, like daughter
Practical, natural fabrics were a mainstay of the then Princess Elizabeth's young wardrobe, as seen here with her mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, 1940.
Princess Elizabeth with her younger sister Margaret dressed in typically dressed in of-the-era outfits as young children in the 1930s.
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