Chart the enduring and trend-setting signature looks of HM The Queen.

Block-colour dressing, print day dresses, miniature handbags: no, not the latest summer fashion trends, but the iconic looks made signature by Her Majesty The Queen. Known for her love of a neon, a bright lip, a structured bag and a block heel – not to mention a rather impressive jewellery collection – The Queen has created some iconic looks over the last 70 years. Here are seven of our favourites.

Country Chic


When not attending state banquets or formal events, The Queen’s country wardrobe is just as chic. Favouring timeless British brands, including headscarves from Burberry, she has reportedly worn the same trusted Barbour jacket for 25 years, opting to get it re-waxed rather than replaced.

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Burberry

Silk Scarf, £320



Barbour

Beadnell Wax Jacket, £209




Prints Charming


From tea dresses in the 50s, to the spring floral midi worn for her Platinum Jubilee event at Windsor Castle in March this year, the Queen has been perennially drawn to print dresses, especially in pastel hues.

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Hobbs

Rosabella Silk Floral Midi Dress, £299




Bright Idea


Known for her love of neon brights and colour blocking, HM turns to British designers Stewart Parvin and Angela Kelly for her colourful skirt suits and coat dresses – chosen it is said, so that when out in a crowd, members of the public can spot her with ease.

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Zara

Women’s Coloured Suits, from £120




Block Party


A nod to her love of all things equestrian, Queen Elizabeth has been wearing this same horse-bit block heel loafers from Anello & Davide for over 50 years – at a £1000 a pair, the handmade patent loafers are part of The Queen’s uniform when dressed for formal events. With a comfortable block heel they are a timeless style that has carried her effortlessly through the decades.

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John Lewis

Gina Leather Loafer, £69




Heads Up


Based in St James’, milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan is the lady responsible for The Queen’s hats in recent years. Yet her love of a statement headpiece has been long-documented, from geometric, sculptural pieces in the 60s, to her current signature boxy, wide brimmed silhouette. It is estimated that HM has worn some 5,000 hats over the span of her reign.

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Jess Collett Milliner

Headpieces, from £260




Bags Of Charm


Top handle handbags are everywhere this season, but The Queen has always favoured a structured bag, specifically from British heritage luxury brand, Launer, reportedly owning 200 of their styles. Interestingly, far from being a style accessory, The Queen and her team of staff use her handbag as a tool for subtle communication. For instance, if The Queen is talking to someone and she moves her bag from one hand to the other, it is a cue that she’s ready for her team to politely move her on. Discreet and clever.

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Aspinals of London

Midi Mayfair Bag, £595




Pearls of Wisdom


The Queen is rarely seen without the three-strand pearl necklace gifted to her by her late father, King George VI. Her love of pearls is said to come from a tradition started by Queen Victoria, who gave each of her daughters a pearl on their birthday so that by the time they were 18, they had enough for a necklace.

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Pearl Source

Triple-strand pearl necklace, £429



By Lydia Mansi
May 2022

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.

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