The 21st of April 2022 marks the 96th birthday of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II of England. Queen Elizabeth II was born on the 21st April 1926 yet she still celebrates her birthday twice! The 21st April is the Queen’s actual birthday that is mostly reserved for private celebrations, whilst her second official birthday is in the summer month of June.
Surprisingly the Queen has two birthdays due to British weather. As we all know, the sun and warm weather does not last long in the UK and for that particular reason, the Queen celebrates her second birthday in June. A monarch’s birthday is usually celebrated outdoors with events such as the Trooping the Colour which is also known as the Queen’s birthday parade. This parade will be best in the summer as it is usually done.
Our Queen has been the reigning monarch since 1952 where 2022 marks 70 years on the throne! With her legacy continuing on, she is definitely a style icon in the eyes of the British public. The Queen’s style has often reflected the mood and state of the nation with her floral tea dresses in the 1930s/40s to skirt suits during the war which showed and reflected a stance of empowerment for women and unity for the nation.
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II was the first female of the Royal family to be an active duty member of the British Armed forces? That is incredible!
Being in the armed forces didn’t stop Queen Elizabeth II from experimenting and embracing her style and this was seen in her magnificent wedding dress designed by couturier Norman Hartnell in 1947. Her wedding dress was of fine pearl and floral embroidery that contained a 13-foot embroidered silk tulle full court train.
The Queen’s wedding dress was elegant, classy and beautiful to say the least which influenced the Queen’s wardrobe further on into her reign. The Queen enlisted the help of designer Hardy Amies until 1990 and then Freddie Fox until 2002. Her style during this time consisted of elegant tulle gowns for banquets and easy flowing materials.
Today the monarch has Angela Kally, her personal stylist and dressmaker that helps deliver the Queen’s bright ensembles. Bright colours can often lift the mood of yourself and others around you, it can make us feel alive and engaged with the world and this is exactly the image Queen Elizabeth portrayed with her style.
The Queen as we know has luckily several decades of practise when it comes to fashion and all of her outfits are unforgettable in their own way.
If you would also like to learn how to use and stich bright fabrics, head down to the RefashionMyTown shop in Chippenham and we can certainly help you ensemble bright colours!