The Queen knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to fashion. She knows that bright colours mean she stands out and well-wishers can see her properly, once saying I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am, and after decades of practise she knows exactly what is and isn’t appropriate to wear to different occasions. But when it comes to picking out what she’s going to wear every day, the Monarch doesn’t just open her wardrobe and sees what stands out.
According to former royal butler Paul Burrell she picks her outfits – or as she calls them, costumes – in a rather unusual way. Speaking to Yahoo’s The Royal Box , he said, the Queen has to have her outfits brought down to her, all her clothes are kept on the top floor. Her dresser will bring down two outfits in the morning, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool.
The one the Queen picks is the one which is brought downstairs from up above so she doesn’t actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it. But this mean she never actually sees the entirety of her clothing collection all together and it must be absolutely huge! The Queen is known to re-wear some of her favourite outfits, a technique that many of the other royals including the Duchess of Cambridge copies.
And there is one item the Monarch is rarely seen without – her Launer handbag which she has been using for 50 years . She’s used it for official engagements, presidential visits and other key events and it even made an unexpected appearance in a portrait she had done last year. The black bag has an unusual emblem on the front, which makes it instantly recognisable to fashion fans, reports the Express .
In 1968 the Queen awarded Launer her Royal Warrant. She’s used the bag for a number of big occasions, including her meeting with President Richard Nixon and Prime Minister Edward Heath in 1970. She also had it when she welcomed Bill and Hillary Clinton to Buckingham Palace in 2000.