We celebrate the Queen of fashion, Her Majesty
As Her Majesty visits Northern Ireland, we raise a style salute to her truly impeccable wardrobe choices down through the decades.
The Duchess of Cambridge may be winning style points for her wardrobe but it seems that she is taking lessons from a true royal style icon – the Queen.
From her wedding in 1947 and coronation in June 1953, when on both occasions she wore shimmering gowns by Norman Hartnell, Her Majesty has implicitly understood how to dress for all the big occasions and public engagements.
One of her key fashion rules is to opt for bold colour blocking – she believes, quite rightly, that she should wear stand-out shades so that royal fans can always spot her in the crowd.
And though now 88, she remains as fond of bright colours as ever, as evidenced by the cornflower blue outfit she wore at the start of her three-day visit to Northern Ireland this week.
Little wonder then that Agyness Deyn cited HM as her fashion inspiration while Dolce and Gabbana based an entire collection upon her style. Donatella Versace simply said of the Queen: "She is couture."
So, look and learn Kate – including that vital tip about putting lead weights in your hemlines.
Here, we celebrate the Queen's style by choosing four of her favourite colours – blue, yellow, pink and purple.