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An A-Z Guide On Dressing Like The Queen

She not only reigns England but the sartorial stakes...

When discussing those who inspire our wardrobes, we often namecheck the obvious. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will forever be in the top ten, sitting nicely next to a nineties Kate Moss. But often, we tend to forget one of the most influential women the fashion industry has ever seen.

For the past 91 years, Queen Elizabeth II has been inspiring the nation with her royal wardrobe. And it's hardly surprising, as nobody can don a coloured co-ord quite like Her Majesty. And when it comes to accessorising, who could possibly carry a miniature handbag on the crook of their arm so elegantly?

So in celebration of Her Majesty's 91st birthday (her second party will be held on the second Saturday of June), we've devised an A-Z guide on dressing like the Queen. You are very welcome.

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London-based footwear brand, Anello and Davides, is where the Queen purchases some of her favourite shoes. And it was recently revealed that Her Majesty has hired someone to break in her block heels... If that's not goals, then we don't know what is.

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The Queen's most cherished piece of jewellery? The brooch. Her Majesty is rarely seen without a bejewelled pin on the left of her jacket. She'll even go so far as to pesonalising her brooch depending on the country she is visiting.

The Queen is rarely spotted without a brooch pinned to her jacket

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The Queen of England? More like the Queen of colour-blocking. Her Majesty has a talent for making anything look brilliant whether its head-to-toe fuchsia or this season’s ‘It’ hue, yellow.

Let us introduce you to the Queen of colour-blocking...

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Diamonds are the Queen's best friend, after all.

The Queen is never short of tiaras

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Enjoy fashion. What inspires us the most about the Queen is the way in which she embraces fashion. She plays with the colour palette, experiments with hats and is never, ever short of Instagrammable accessorises. But the best part? She's always dressed for the day ahead. Whether she's travelling by horse-drawn carriage or, well, the tube...

Queen Elizabeth travels by tube after the opening of the Victoria Line on 7 March 1969

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Believe it or not, the Queen was the original festival girl. Just take a moment to appreciate the flower-embellished hats she donned in the late seventies.

The floral hat on the right was designed by Danish milliner Aage Thorup

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We can’t help but wonder if the Queen inspired Princess Diana’s love of colourful gloves?

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We doubt the Queen ever has a bad hair day but if she does, she’s got a failsafe plan. Whether she’s out riding her horses or going on a state visit, Her Majesty is sure to don a fabulous headscarf. And of course, the accessory will always match her co-ords.

Ensure you have a headscarf to co-ordinate with every outfit choice

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Invest. The Queen rarely performs outfit repeats. So ensure you have a co-ord for every possible occasion. You never know who you might meet and quite frankly, it could be a little embarassing...

J

The Queen has reportedly never worn jeans. Or at least, she's never been spotted in public donning a pair.

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Keep your corgis close. The Queen's greatest accessories are of course her beloved pets. You cannot even begin to channel the Queen's majestic aesthetic without the help of the most quintessentially royal emblem there is.

The Queen's greatest accessory? The corgi, of course...

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Let loose on the sparkles. You needn't be a princess to don glitter. The Queen debuted one of our favourite looks to date back in 1964 when she attended a banquet at Claridges in a gold dress and fur stole.

Queen Elizabeth in 1964

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The Queen has been carrying the miniature handbag before we even knew they were a trend.

The Queen in Marrakesh, 1980

But Her Majesty doesn't just carry them on the crook of her arm for sartorial purposes, as the secret reason behind her growing collection was recently revealed...

The Queen visits New Zealand in 1977

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Queen Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten on 20 November, 1947. As the second world war had only just come to an end, Her Majesty had to purchase material for her wedding dress using ration coupons. The gown was designed by Norman Hartnell and was made from white satin.

Queen Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947

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Rule number one when it comes to royal protocall? One can never be overdressed. So don layers of pearls, faux furs and always choose the sparkliest tiara.

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Well, you couldn’t possibly rule as the Queen of England without pearls. Her Majesty is rarely spotted without a full set.

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Rainbow hues. There isn't a colour on the spectrum that the Queen cannot pull off. Whether it's primary red or sunny yellow. We challenge you to find someone who wears it better. Good luck.

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Rule the fashion scene. The Queen is never afraid to don the brightest colour in the crowd or debut the sparkliest tiara. Channel Her Majesty this season with similar flair and enthusiasm. Do Liz proud.

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Seek sartorial inspiration from your mum. Her Majesty often co-ordinated with the late Queen Mother. The mother/daughter duo often sported similar hats, hairstyles and miniature handbags.

Our favourite mother/daughter duo to date

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The Queen has only ever been photographed in trousers once. Her Majesty was pictured in a suit by Ian Thomas during the 1970 Royal Canadian Tour.

The Queen was photographed for the first time in trousers during the 1970 Royal Canadian Tour

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The Queen is as dedicated to fashion as she is to her royal duties. And if she’s going to colour-block her outfit, she isn’t one to do it half-heartedly. Her Majesty even goes so far as to co-ordinate her umbrellas to her outfits.

Her Majesty doesn't take colour co-ordination lightly

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Veer away from monochrome. The Queen is no Scandi-wannabe. Want proof? We challenge you to find an ounce of minimalism in her wardrobe. So channel the rainbow and you'll soon bring a smile to your colleague's faces. We'll be paying sartorial homage to Her Majesty next Monday in sunny yellow...

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Oh, one does love to go outdoors. The Queen is renowned for her adoration of horses and always dresses for the occasion. Her go-to outfit? Her Majesty often teams a waistcoat and waterproof with a co-ordinating headscarf and wellies.

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XCI. The Queen has been reigning the style stakes for a grand 91 years. Impressive.

Y

The Queen is undoubtedly able to pull of any hue but our favourite? It has to be yellow. The sunny shade is a failsafe and the Queen has been donning the look long before any of us declared it the colour of the season.

The ultimate trend setter?

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Zip up. Each of the Queen's outfits is fitted with a zip in preparation for endless outfit changes.

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