Queen Elizabeth's Fashion for Every Decade: Her Most Memorable Outfit

On her sixtieth year on the throne, we take a look at Queen Elizabeth' style throughout the decades.

Queen Elizabeth's Fashion for Every Decade: Her Most Memorable Outfit

Queen Elizabeth II has been the Queen of England and the Commonwealth for over sixty years. As a young woman, she was known for her elegant fashion sense. Over time, her taste in fashion has changed just as society's fashion tastes have changed. In this blog post, we're going to take a look at some of Her Majesty's most iconic outfits from different decades throughout the years.

The Young Queen

Princess Elizabeth started to grow into her royal duties when she became Queen of England at the age of 25. Because her wedding took place so soon after her father's death, she was able to see and wear a lot of royal garments before her own nuptials. When she was crowned in 1953, Elizabeth did not have the same taste in fashion as she does today. In contrast to the one we know and love, Her Majesty was known for dressing conservatively. Her reign saw her adorn herself in the sartorial style she has become known for over the years. The Look By the time Elizabeth became Queen, she was considered a member of the fashion elite. Her Majesty used to write to the Duchess of Cambridge for fashion advice After she became Queen, she wore less fashionable clothes that were still fashionable.

The Mid-Century Modern Queen

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926. When she was a young woman, her style leaned more towards the conservative side. Her first ever appearance in the spotlight was at the age of 18, on her father's coronation as King George VI. At that time, she was not allowed to sit at the King's left, but at the Queen's right, instead of his left. In 1951, Elizabeth began to reach for more daring style choices, including culottes. She didn't officially start wearing trousers until 1955, after she left the hospital with her newborn son, Prince Charles. For the entirety of the 1950s and 60s, the Queen continued to embrace traditional outfits, such as day dresses and hats. Her hats were oftentimes variations of fascinators, and were usually designed to complement her fashion choices.

The Princess Diana Dresser

The Queen's late sister Princess Diana was quite the fashionista. Elizabeth is known to have dressed the late Princess of Wales in some of the most fashionable outfits. And, like many of the monarch's grand style moments, Diana played a huge part in inspiring the monarch's fashion choices throughout the years. Monique Lhuillier Dress When Queen Elizabeth wore Monique Lhuillier's baby blue one-shoulder dress with a satin and lace overlay to the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show, she definitely set fashion trends. Queen Elizabeth: 20 Years On For the Queen's 20th anniversary, the palace commissioned photographer Chris Jackson to take the most intimate photos of the monarch to date. In this stunning portrait, the Queen wears one of her favorite outfits from the 20 years.

The Contemporary Queen

Around her 90th birthday, the Queen released an official portrait where she was sporting a vibrant floral gown that would fit in nicely in today's fashion landscape. When you compare the Queen's 70s look with today's trends, it's hard to imagine that the two could be close to being the same. A post shared by Queen Elizabeth (@queenelizabethfams) on Jul 5, 2016 at 7:39am PDT The 60s Queen In the 60s, the Queen was known for her preference of coats over long dresses. A silhouette similar to Audrey Hepburn's in My Fair Lady is one that you can easily imagine the Queen wearing today. We saw the Queen in this outfit many times during her reign, most notably during the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. She looked as elegant as ever.


Throughout all of the years that Her Majesty has been Queen of England, she has worn some absolutely beautiful outfits. I hope that this blog post helped to give you a bit more of an insight into her unique style.