Royal Style

The Queen's Best Looks

As Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 88th birthday, we pay tribute to her unwavering devotion to pastels and hats—and those crisp white gloves.

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Royal Style

From Barbie pink coats on Halloween to mantles and sashes at the the Palace, see HRH Queen Elizabeth II most recent lookbook. 

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Glamping Royals

Queen Elizabeth went girly in a Barbie pink coat when she visited the Glamping (glam camping) Pods at the YHA South Downs over Halloween in Lewes, England. Prince Phillip was also present, but opted for more sobering black blazer jacket and blue collar shirt.

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Carmine and Ebony

In a carmine red coat with a matching hat and flower brooch on her lapel, Queen Elizabeth arrived at Ebony Horse Club & Community Riding Centre on October 29 in London.

Pool photo by Dominic Lipinski

Palace Reception

The Queen chats with Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at a reception on October 28 in Buckingham Palace in a shiny true blue jacket and matching printed skirt. 

Pool photo by John Stillwell

The Christening

In a summer sky-blue suit Queen Elizabeth and Camilla leave Chapel Royal in St James's Palace after the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge on October 23.

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Champion's Day

In a cream, white and brown tweed coat, the Queen makes her entrance at the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot racecourse on October 19.

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Youth Reception

Wearing a periwinkle blue suit Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met Malala Yousafzai during the Reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth at the Palace on October 18.

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Quite the Audience

Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Vaughn Schofield shakes hands with the Queen, wearing a classic Elizabeth neutral suit, during the October 17 audience at Buckingham Palace

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The Queens Award for Enterprise

Keeping with the dress code, the Queen opted for a neutral but still busy floral print dress for the Queens Award for Enterprise reception party on July 23 at Buckingham Palace.

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Lord's Cricket

In a summery white jacket and aquamarine print dress, Queen Elizabeth II arrived on July 18 for the second test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

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Coronation Festival

Her Majesty left the Summer House at Buckingham Palace wearing a blue and white floral print dress with white gloves for the first day of the Coronation Festival on July 11, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

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Garden Party

Wearing a mint green, tweed coat Queen Elizabeth hosted a garden party at the Palace of Holyrood House in Scotland over the summer on July 2. Predictably, it rained, but luckily the Queen had a matching bubble umbrella. 

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Royal Regiment

On June 28 the Queen visited to Howe Barracks, home to The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland in Canterbury, Kent, England, wearing a mauve coat similar to the one from the Royal Ascot Race. The difference: this one has white buttons. 

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Day 5 of the Royal Ascot Race

Wearing a baby blue coat with white lace detail and matching hat, the Queen makes her arrival on the final day of the Royal Ascot Race on June 22.

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Ladies Day

Queen Elizabeth, in a mauve coat and hat walked in the Gold Cup Ladies Day parade ring on June 20 at the Royal Ascot Race. The five-day meet is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. 

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Day 2 of the Royal Ascot Race

Walking through the parade ring on June 19, at the second day of Royal Ascot, in Berkshire, the Queen wears a Tiffany blue coat over a floral print dress and pink and blue hat. On every morning of the five-day meet a procession of horse-drawn carriages bring the Queen to the course. 

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Day 1 of the Royal Ascot Race

Queen Elizabeth, in a baby pink suit and matching hat walks ahead of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the parade ring on June 18, the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England.

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The Most Noble Order

Wearing the ceremonial mantle, hats and riband the Queen attended the Most Noble Order of the Garter service on June 17, awarding the highest order of chivalry at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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Cartier Polo

The Queen attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final on June 16 at Guards Polo Club in Egham, England in an eye-catching fushia coat. Also in attendance were Prince Harry, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco and Dita von Teese.

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Trooping The Colour

At the annual ceremony known as 'Trooping the Color' the Queen stands by wearing a colbalt blue ensemble as more than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians and guards march past ourside Buckingham Palace as part of her birthday celebration on June 15.

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Visiting Hours

After visiting Prince Phillip in hospital Queen Elizabeth leaves the London Clinic on June 15 wearing a powder blue suit. 

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Sitting Pretty

On a 103-degree day in New York on Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth looked cool in a floral dress and jacket at the United Nations.

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Crown Jewels

The queen paired her crown and ermine coat with reading glasses as she addressed the House of Lords before the State Opening of Parliament

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Nature Calls

Queen Elizabeth spent a night at the museum in the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa where, dressed in a blue floral ensemble, she confronted a stuffed wolverine.

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Civilized Engineering

The queen visited the Research in Motion laboratory, where the BlackBerry is produced, in Waterloo, Canada, on Monday—and paired a white lab coat with her black handbag.

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Diamond Back

Her Majesty gave a speech during a dinner at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Monday in a floor-length white lace dress encrusted with diamonds, with matching brooch and a thin necklace. She paired the look with her tiara and silver pumps.


Day at the Races

At the Royal Windsor Horse show, the queen dressed down in a green trench coat, tasseled leather loafers, and a red scarf tied around her chin.

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Back to the Future

Queen Elizabeth updated a triple-string of pearls, ruby brooch, and feathered hat with 3-D glasses at Pinewood Studios in Toronto on Monday.

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Mac Attack

Where’s the royal umbrella-holder? Queen Elizabeth shielded herself from rain with a see-through umbrella (the rim of which matched her yellow hat) and a trench coat during a visit to Halifax last week.

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Blue Velvet

During the annual Garter ceremony at St. George’s chapel on June 14, Queen Elizabeth wore the garter, a dark blue velvet ribbon topped with the motto of the Order and topped with gold chains.

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Spring in Her Step

The queen’s hat and coat were in full bloom for her visit to Epsom Derby on June 5.

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Going Native

Queen Elizabeth greeted a Native Canadian at City Hall in Toronto on Tuesday—she in a floral sweater set and crisp white gloves, he in a tribal shirt and headdress.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip got an eyeful on Canada Day, July 1, on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where they celebrated the centenary of the Canadian Navy. The queen wore red in honor of the nation, and accented her suit with a brooch in the shape of Canada’s signature maple leaf.