Queen Elizabeth II was famous for her brightly colored dresses and coats paired with a hat and accompanied by a square bag, pearl necklace and jewel brooch. The monarch, who died on Thursday (8), at the age of 96, used this formula in her 70-year reign.
More than his eagerness for vibrant colors, the option for them was a way of being always visible, both by his subjects and by his security guards. “She needs to stand out so people can say they’ve seen the Queen,” said Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, in the 2016 documentary “The Queen at 90”.
Since she was a princess, Queen Elizabeth has relied on models from designers Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, but over the past 20 years her looks have come to be designed and produced in-house by a small team of around ten, led by her personal costume designer Angela Kelly. , according to information from the BBC.
“It’s part of the wonder of the crown. In the case of the Queen, her clothes are made to order. You can’t buy them, but that means they can be seen and admired,” said Matthew Storey, curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, in BBC interview in June. “Your wardrobe is your communication…your clothes have to be fit for royalty.”
In 2019, Kelly released the book “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser and the Wardrobe” and revealed some curiosities of the queen’s wardrobe and habits. One such revelation is that it was not the queen, but Kelly herself, who broke in the monarch’s shoes.
In general, their shoes were practical with block heels (thick), handmade. His indispensable accessories were the transparent umbrella with a finish in the same color as the costume, which was always waiting for him, so that not even the unpredictable British weather got in the way, and the hat, which guaranteed him a few extra centimeters.
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