Queen's wearing of the green quite obviously a nod to her hosts
A lime outfit was a fashionable nod to her hosts, says Frances Burscough
For one in her 90th year, Her Majesty the Queen looked positively sprightly during this week's visit to Northern Ireland.
This was partly due to her choice of outfits - impeccable as always - which combined a cocktail of bright summer colours and all her favourite style features.
The Queen's choice of green will be seen as a nod to her host nation - nothing on these trips is left to chance.
Vibrant summery shades were in evidence on day two of the royal visit, with the notable nonagenarian arriving at the Giant's Causeway in a really striking lime green outfit.
This included an haute couture coat in superfine wool crepe, with a distinct shawl collar, sharp diagonal revers and covered buttons.
The hat was another of her favourite shapes - the asymmetrical toque - with a fine straw brim in a lighter shade of lime and an exquisite oversized rosette fashioned from ivory silk.
Underneath we saw just a glimpse of a delicate chiffon dress with a floral jabot peeping through at the neckline along with her customary pearls.
Of course she teamed this with the same trio of gloves bag and shoes, while attention was drawn to another beautiful brooch, this time a platinum and diamond vintage art deco clasp designed by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1920s, a favourite from her late mother's collection.
On day one she arrived at Hillsborough Castle to meet the Secretary of State wearing an elegant two piece ensemble in a refreshing shade of aquamarine.
The coat was fashioned from a lightweight crepe-de-chine in a flattering A-line single-breasted silhouette with a neat collar, three-quarter length sleeves and sparkly metallic buttons at the centre front and cuffs.
This was worn with a matching hat - a brimmed hat of aquamarine sisal decorated with a quirky quill - while her customary tried and tested trio of white silk gloves, teamed with her favourite black leather Kelly bag and court shoes completed the look.
Once inside, the coat and hat were ushered away to reveal a lovely lightweight silk satin dress in a turquoise, ivory and pink Paisley pattern, accessorised with her beloved three-strand pearl necklace, matching pearl drop earrings and a diamond brooch.