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The Queen’s best fashion moments revealed – as millions say her style inspired the nation

Millions of Britons believe the Queen has inspired the nation with her sense of style – with the lime green and purple ensemble she wore to Harry and Meghan’s wedding named her most iconic look. A study of 2,000 adults saw a bright green dress and hat worn at Trooping the Color 2016 come second, followed by a purple coat donned for the Earl of Snowdon’s memorial service in 2017.

Her Majesty’s orange scarf and dress combo, worn during a tour of the West Indies in 1966, was also in the top 20 most iconic looks. Other outfits included a simple black dress, pearl necklace and bundle of poppies at the Royal Albert Hall for Remembrance Sunday in 2001, and a more casual look of a blazer, high boots and a colorful scarf worn at the Windsor Horse Show in 1988. .

It also emerged that a quarter of adults felt personally inspired by Her Majesty’s appearance. And 40% believe the nation as a whole has been influenced, due to her classic style (50%), distinctive look (43%) and “simple but effective” outfits (42%).

Her Majesty’s ensemble at the 1st Earl of Snowdon’s memorial service in 2017 was also a big hit

But 38% think the Queen’s style has evolved to become more colorful over the decades, with the most popular shades to see her being light blue (27%), yellow (22%) and navy blue (21%). %). . And 67% think no one else dresses like the Queen.

The research, commissioned by centre:mk ahead of the platinum jubilee, saw respondents predicting a silver look for the celebrations, with gold and lilac also popular. Almost half believe the Queen will be remembered for her style, with 45% always looking forward to seeing what she wears to a royal event.

Kim Priest of centre:mk said: “It’s great to see how many people are enjoying the Queen’s unique and quintessentially British style ahead of this year’s Jubilee celebrations. The Queen’s style is, and always will be, recognized by the nation. She is best known for her hats, handbags, scarves and her use of color.

“Inspiring many, her most iconic outfits range from the 1950s to today, showing that her appearance has evolved over time. It proves that style doesn’t have to fade with age – it truly is timeless. The survey shows that her formal and informal looks are popular – from boots worn at horse shows to elegant dresses at royal events.

“The Queen has always been confident in her style. She is an inspiration to all of us to be comfortable in what we wear.

The Queen arrives at King's Cross station in London in 2003
The Queen arrives at King’s Cross station in London in 2003

The study also saw respondents generally describe Her Majesty’s style as classic (41%), elegant (38%) and colorful (34%). But over the years, many believe her look has evolved – either to be braver and bolder (24%), to fit in with current trends such as popular colors (23%), or to make more of a statement. a statement (20 percent). hundred).

And almost half (43%) think pop culture about the royal family, like ‘The Crown’, has changed the way people perceive the Queen’s style, with half of 18-24 year olds personally inspired by his appearance – more than any other age group. A fifth also said the Queen inspired them to feel more confident with colorful fashion.

Specific fashion trends inspired by the Queen are handbags (49%), brooches (31%) and hats (26%), as well as scarves (22%) and dress coats (22%) . The study, carried out via OnePoll, saw Kate Middleton (47%) and Princess Diana (41%) named among other royals that Britons regard as style icons – Prince William (11% ) being the top Male.


  1. Harry and Meghan’s wedding, 2018 (green outfit and hat with purple detail)
  2. Trooping the Color, 2016 (bright green coat and hat with white gloves)
  3. St Margaret’s Church, memorial service for the 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2017 (purple coat and hat with black detail)
  4. Tour des Antilles, 1966 (patterned orange knee-length dress with matching scarf)
  5. Visit to Dumfries, Scotland, 2006 (blue coat and hat with red flower)
  6. Windsor Horse Show, 1988 (green patterned scarf, dark green blazer jacket, cream trousers and black high boots)
  7. Event in London, 1963 (peach-colored sleeveless ball gown and pearl necklace)
  8. State visit to Mexico, 1975 (yellow dress with pleated skirt and matching turban)
  9. Silver Jubilee Year Tour, visit to New Zealand, 1977 (green and white patterned dress with green hat and white handbag)
  10. Commonwealth Tour, Kenya, 1952 (polka dot skirt and jacket)
  11. Royal Variety Performance, 1999 (gold skirt and multicolored sequined long-sleeved top)
  12. Royal visit to Nassau, Bahamas, 1966 (navy blue and white patterned dress with long white gloves and white turban)
  13. Silver Jubilee Year Tour, visit to New Zealand, 1977 (blue and white dress with blue scarf and white gloves)
  14. Her Majesty receives the first Gold Service Medal of the Order of St. John, 2020 (hot pink and purple color block dress)
  15. Cocktail at Windsor Castle, 1959 (flower dress with short jacket and flared skirt)
  16. Royal Remembrance, 2001 (short-sleeved black dress with pearl necklace and brooch, black gloves and handbag)
  17. Pre-wedding dinner for William and Kate, 2011 (sky blue velvet dress with gold embellished print, gold jewelry, shoes and handbag)
  18. King’s Cross Station, 2003 (textured white jacket and skirt combination with multicolored print, black gloves, shoes and handbag)
  19. Thailand Tour, 1996 (orange polka dot dress with matching orange hat, white gloves and handbag)
  20. Royal Albert Hall, 2012 (dress lined in silver and gold with white gloves and a silver purse)

Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds