On 21 April 2016 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday, becoming the country’s first nonagenarian sovereign. She has been at the head of the United Kingdom for longer than any other monarch, and seen her people through landmark events both good and bad, and She has an amazing fashion history. Over the years, the Queen has become famous for wearing bright, block colours, pearl necklaces, pristine white gloves, headscarves and plaid skirts.
Born into the age of the flapper, growing up with the frugality of wartime and witnessing the advent of the miniskirt, the Queen has lived through ten different decades of fashion. Elizabeth II is estimated to have worn well over 10,000 outfits to official engagements over her lifetime, created by a series of dedicated designers. For her brightly coloured outfits, Queen Elizabeth II once remarked, “I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am”.
In celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday, three special exhibitions will be staged across each of Her Majesty’s official residences during 2016. “Fashioning a Reign” will chart significant events in The Queen’s life and the nation’s history through an unprecedented collection of dress and accessories designed for these occasions, from childhood to the present day. You can visit it from 21 April 2016 to 16 October 2016.