From floral pinafores as a princess, to bedazzled ball gowns as a newly crowned queen, to the joy-inspiring rainbow wardrobe in later life, Queen Elizabeth II served fashion, as well as her country.
A master of championing great British design, Queen Elizabeth II always enjoyed displaying the works of great homegrown couturiers. It was Norman Hartnell who designed her silk duchesse wedding gown, which she paid for using ration tokens as other brides in her country did in the wake of World War II, and her stylist Angela Kelly often designed her outfits when attending events.
Hats were also an integral part of the queen’s wardrobe. Marvelous millinery from Rachel Trevor-Morgan would usually be found atop Her Majesty’s head when she wasn’t wearing a crown or tiara, of course.
Her other favorite accessories included her trusted Launer handbag, a vivaciously versatile purse, and perfectly practical pumps from Anello & Davide, who also created Dorothy’s ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz.
Loyal to her country and loyal to her favorite British brands, as the world mourns the loss of Her Majesty, take a look back at her greatest style hits.
This post originally ran in Tatler.