Elizabeth II: Queen regnant and style icon

Way before Princess Diana, the royal family already had a style icon – Queen Elizabeth II herself.

MANILA, Philippines – Way before Kate Middleton and Princess Diana came along, the royal family already had a style icon  – no less than Queen Elizabeth II herself.

Known for her trusty outfit combination (coat+gloves+hat+handbag) and affinity for pastel colors, the 86-year-old monarch’s trademark look has been so recognizable, it didn’t take long before it achieved style icon status.

As she celebrates her diamond jubilee this year, Rappler rounds up some of our favorite looks which shows us why she is fashion royalty. Check them out here:

 

The Queen veers away from her usual Easter egg colors for the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in this Angela Kelly silk-embroidered piece. The detailing along the lapels finished off by the matching hat with the appliqué adds enough interest without overpowering her.

Ivory dress and coat worn to the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 

Her accessories of choice: diamond brooch and pearls. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 


What color says “The Queen” better than gold? Her Majesty literally shines in a gold, long-sleeved, embroidered shift. The seams along the princess line keep the outfit form-fitting and flattering. Accessories? Pearls, matching gloves, and a neat handbag, of course.

Queen Elizabeth II wore this dress to the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 

The Queen waves to the crowd during the concert. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 


While blue may be a trademark Kate Middleton color, The Queen shows us she can rock it just as well as the Duchess of Cambridge, maybe even better. She stands out from the crowd at the Epsom Racecourse in a floral print-dress, Azure blue coat, and matching hat. The outfit is accented with black, like the detailing on the hat, the purse, and the shoes.

It's all in the details. The Queen polishes the look with a three-string pearl necklace and sapphire brooch. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 

The Queen stands out in a sea of black at the Epsom Races with the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 

“I have to be seen to be believed.” Queen Elizabeth II knows that her small frame makes it hard for spectators to spot her in a crowd. This is why, according to her stylist, she insists on wearing bright colors. In this outfit we see another Elizabeth II trademark: color-blocking. The bold fuchsia coat, tempered by the black piping and buttons tells us that she isn’t afraid of having a little fun. Who said that brights are only for the younger set?

The Queen turns heads in a bright pink frock in Sherborne. Photo Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

 

What's not to love? The hat by itself is enough to make a statement. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 

Her Majesty looks prim and poised in this lilac ensemble. While everyone else is dressed in more somber shades of beige, khaki, and grey, her choice of color stands out. The black gloves add drama and contrast to the outfit. The pin tucks along the coat and detailing on the hat add texture. 

The Queen is all smiles with Baroness Benjamin at Exeter University. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 

In this outfit, Her Majesty is hard to miss. Photo from the British Monarchy's official Flickr account.

 

While most women tend to dress down as they grow older, Her Majesty shows us that age shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to dressing up and that bold pastel colors, when styled well, can just be as regal as their darker, more serious counterparts.

Did we miss anything? Which outfits are your personal favorites? Let us know in the comments below! – Rappler.com 

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