Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, was in the public eye all her life and wanted to make sure her subjects saw her – literally.
That’s why she wears festive, bright colors for so long when she’s in public, according to royal expert Daisy McAndrew.
“He’s really small – so sometimes it’s really hard to see him – so his dressers … decided some years ago that it would be useful if he had bright colors so people could see him more easily,” he said earlier this year.
But then again, the queen had a famous motto: “You have to be seen to be believed,” McAndrew said.
In other words, now that’s about going out and doing the work, but it also gives real visibility by wearing bright clothes,” she said. “And I think, in the end, it’s just a personal preference … you like all the same hats and everything else.”
Looking back royal style images throughout his life proves his affinity with colorful clothes. As head of state, Elizabeth traveled to all corners of the Earth – and usually discreetly.
There are countless examples of this practice. For her Silver Jubilee tour in 1977, Elizabeth wore a flowing pink dress with a matching jacket and hat.
For a visit to the Great Wall of China in the late 1980s, she wore a purple embroidered skirt suit.
And in the early 1990s, he chose a bright green look on a state visit to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
In the 2016 documentary “The Queen at 90,” Sophie, Countess of Wessex, described what it was like to be part of the royal family’s public appearance with the aging monarch.
“When you see that people have come to say hello and want to say hello, and are happy to see you, it’s very exciting,” said Sophie. “To actually stand back and watch the joy on people’s faces as they get to greet the queen is amazing. Just a look or a nod or a smile and a greeting – they’re so happy.”
Sophie’s husband – Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and the queen’s youngest son – added that they love watching his mother work the crowd.
“Without a doubt, some of the best fun is being in a car behind the queen’s car,” he laughed. “When you see all the reactions, especially the places where they are. not I’m waiting to see the queen.”
An analysis by Vogue in 2012 showed that the queen was more likely to wear blue that year, although McAndrew said earlier this year that she believed the monarchy was “redder and redder now.”
“He’s been going lime green lately,” McAndrew said. “I suspect he may have been persuaded to wear it and perhaps highly recommended.”
The queen’s chief dresser, Angela Kelly, has been serving the royal family since 1994. Kelly’s book of 2019, “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe,” explained that many of the monarch’s clothes were designed and made in-house. In creating the royal robes, Kelly said she uses fabrics bought locally, beautiful fabric belts bought while on tour, and sometimes she used fabrics gifted by the king.
“However the color is important – the color chosen should suit the Queen and the occasion,” Kelly wrote. “Bright colors work well during the day: they allow her to stand out from the crowd and be visible to well-wishers who come to see her.”
As it may rain in England, the queen also has a collection of clear umbrellas with all the color trim to match her outfits, Kelly said.
“When it rains, he will use one of the many transparent umbrellas he has…which ensures that, even in the wettest conditions, he remains as visible as possible,” Kelly wrote.
Kelly added that the queen also chose her own hats for each event.
“For example, when Her Majesty visits a school or children’s center, she always wears a bright, fun color, and her hat has details that will appeal to children—feathers, wings, twists, flowers and ribbons. ,” Kelly wrote. “When he visits a nursing home or a nursing home, he chooses to wear a solid, clear color, and a formal hat, to help those with poor vision see him.”
McAndrew opined that the queen also “doesn’t want to look like she’s wearing oppressive colors,” but added that “the main thing is about standing out.”
“So if people are waiting to see him, they don’t feel like it was a wasted trip,” he said. “But the bigger the crowd, the brighter the clothes.”
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