‘Confusing’ to see the Queen in muted colors – the monarch’s style evolution over the years

Queen Elizabeth IIs style has changed over the years, going from more muted colors to bright, smart tailoring to flowing dresses, and not even afraid to wear more casual and relaxed clothes. Her Majesty is also a fan of hats, headscarves, ponchos, scarves and the occasional tartan skirt and quilted cardigan.

While the Queen usually wears a royal “uniform” that she rarely distances herself from, according to style expert Miranda Holder, the monarch has been seen in outfits that are a little different than usual.

Last week Her Majesty appeared at the Royal Windsor Horse Show wearing sunglasses with slightly orange tinted lenses.

Interestingly enough, lenses like these are in vogue right now and not what you’d expect from a 96-year-old woman.

The queen was also seen in a thin sweater, wool cardigan and scarf, showing that she knows how to layer – and she knows it well.

Interestingly, however, her outfits for the horse show were in dark and muted colors, which was a departure from Her Majesty’s usual look.

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“The Queen is well aware that her wardrobe is actually paid for by the British tax-paying public, so she dresses to please us,” explains Miranda.

“This is one of the reasons for the rainbow of colors we have come to associate with her, making her stand out from the crowd and easily noticed by onlookers and fans alike.

“The Monarch famously stated that if she wore beige ‘no one would know who I am’ and she was absolutely right.”

The style expert went on to explain the Queen’s “style uniform,” which, with the help of her personal assistant and dresser Angela Kelly, “strengthened her personal brand through the clever use of block colors, a perfectly proportioned, color-coordinated hat, gloves, sensible shoes and one of the many smart Launer handbags”.

She continued: “Her looks have become so iconic, it was surprising to see her wearing some more muted colors at the Royal Windsor Horse show recently.

“Her Majesty was there twice to indulge her passion for horses and looked radiant, despite throwing away the familiar vibrant hues and wearing a deep navy blue knit cardigan on one occasion and a charcoal gray embroidered scarf on the next. .

“This has proved confusing to the public as it’s quite a change of direction and while we can all think about the reasons for it, and that’s for sure, this decision will definitely have been made consciously and intentionally.

My thoughts are that the deep navy could have been a mark of respect for the late Prince Phillip as this was the first time the Queen attended the event without him by her side, and the gray or platinum with the silver embroidery was a definite reference to the imminent platinum anniversary.”

Miranda added: “We know that the Queen has not been well in recent months and it is also worth considering the rules surrounding royal etiquette, which can be a bit impractical and restrictive at times.

“It is considered inappropriate for a member of the Royal Family to take off their coat in public, which is why we often see Kate Middleton in her classic coat dress on occasions.

“It may have been impractical for the Queen to remain in one of her signature coats during the show for health reasons, perhaps for mobility reasons, or simply for comfort.

“In this case, a cardigan or scarf is a much more comfortable and practical answer, and our Queen outfitted them both to perfection with strategic jewelry and a headscarf and still looked like the royal icon.”


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