Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace on September 8. The long-reigning monarch was kept under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, and died in the presence of his loved ones — including Prince Charles, who will soon be crowned King of England.
In 1952, aged 25, he ascended the throne after the death of his father, King George VI. During her decades-long reign, she consistently used fashion to express her personality and, to some extent, reflect the status of the monarchy. The Queen had a penchant for making vibrant, cheerful fashion statements, which she often chose with great purpose. For example, she sometimes wore certain jewelry to pay respect to family members.
According to former royal butler, Paul Burrell, the top floor of the majesty’s residence was dedicated solely to storing her wardrobe. The clothes had to be brought down to her, so she couldn’t see her clothes with her clothes. As he told Yahoo’s Royal Box, “Her dresser will bring down two dresses in the morning, sketched out with pieces of material clipped to them so the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool.” Once she chose an option, it would be brought down for her, meaning she didn’t actually see her dress completely. Given Elizabeth’s affinity for brightly colored clothing, the closet was likely filled with a rainbow of dresses. It can be filled with handbags from her go-to designer, Lonner.
Below, take a walk down the Queen’s sartorial memory lane. From a bright blue gown during her meeting with JFK to bright pink on her way to a banquet, celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s best fashion moments through the years.
– Additional reporting by Shelcy Joseph