On April 21, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II turns 90. On September 9 2015, she became Britain’s longest reigning monarch, overtaking her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who died in January 1901, having reigned for 63 years and seven months.
To mark her 90th birthday, Annie Leibowitz was commissioned to take a number of portraits of Her Majesty (above), which underscore what her governess, Marion Crawford, once said of the young queen: “Lilibet never cared a fig” for clothes. That is to say that she uses them to convey her rule as a modern queen, and looking up to scratch is part of the deal.
And while she might not care a jot about what she wears, we do. From the gowns created by Norman Hartnell for her coronation and wedding, to the dresses and suits put together by Hardy Amies early in her reign, Her Majesty has had her fair share of significant fashion moments.
Now we take a look back at the amazing fashion history of Queen Elizabeth II.