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Queen Elizabeth's Style Evolution

The British monarch's best dresses (and hats!) through the decades.
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It's not easy to make fashion decisions when you're in the spotlight. Luckily, Queen Elizabeth II has had several decades of practice. From her first formal dresses as a child, to her '70s and '80s gowns, to today's coats and hats, we've rounded up the best of the British monarch's style.

2018


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Queen Elizabeth arrives at St. George's Chapel for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding sporting a green coat and matching hat.

2012


The Queen dons a metallic dress and white gloves for a performance at Royal Albert Hall.

2011


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Queen Elizabeth leaves Westminster Abbey after Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. She chose a lemon yellow dress and matching hat for the occasion.

2010


During her 2010 royal tour of Canada, the Queen dressed in black and white to visit the Canadian combined forces base Nova Scotia.

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2008


The Queen attends a state banquet at Slovenia's Brdo Castle wearing a fur-trimmed gown.

2006


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Queen Elizabeth dons a blue tunic-style dress for a party at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

2005


Queen Elizabeth leaves the Service of Prayer and Dedication with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla following their wedding.

1999


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The British monarch chose a colorful gown to wear to the Royal Variety Performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome in 1999.

1999


Queen Elizabeth with Mr. Rhys-Jones, the father of the bride, following the wedding of Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys-Jones.

1997


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The Queen visits the Golden Temple of Amritsar in India wearing an orange dress and hat.

1992


The Queen wears an embellished orange gown during her state visit to Germany with Prince Philip.

1992


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During a visit to France, the Queen chose a pink and taupe outfit designed by Ian Thomas.

1988


The British monarch wears riding gear around the Windsor Horse Show.

1986


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Queen Elizabeth sees the Duke and Duchess of York off following their wedding.

1983


Queen Elizabeth and Nancy Reagan arrive at a concert during the Queen's royal tour of the U.S.

1981


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Queen Elizabeth attends a state banquet in Sri Lanka, wearing a dress by Sir Hardy Amies, the Kokoshnik Tiara, and Queen Victoria's Collet necklace and earrings.

1981


Queen Elizabeth arrives in at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

1980


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Queen Elizabeth wears a green coat to pose with her corgis at Sandringham.

1979


Queen Elizabeth wears white and red in Kuwait.

1979


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For a safari in Zambia, the Queen dressed down.

1977


The British monarch opts for a yellow gown to attend a banquet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

1976


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The Queen chose a sparkling green gown (and a sparkling tiara) to see President Urho Kekkonen during a royal visit to Finland.

1975


Queen Elizabeth visits ancient ruins in Mexico wearing a floral dress.

1975


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The Queen dons a yellow polka-dot dress and matching hat during her state visit to Mexico in 1975.

1974


Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth, both in blue gowns, attend the U.K. premiere of Murder on the Orient Express.

1973


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Queen Elizabeth waves to the crowd from Buckingham Palace balcony after Princess Anne's wedding to Mark Phillips.

1969


Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth attend an event at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna.

1961


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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip meet with President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

1960


Queen Elizabeth (front), the Queen Mother (right), and Prince Charles (behind his grandmother) arrive at the wedding of Prince Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones.

1958


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The Queen arrives at a formal event during her tour of the Netherlands wearing a navy dress and a fur wrap.

1954


The Queen wears an emerald dress and white gloves on the balcony of Melbourne's Government House during her 1954 tour of Australia.

1954


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Prince Philip and the Queen leave a banquet during their 1954 tour of Australia. She wore a white lace dress, a fur wrap, and a tiara for the occasion.

1953


Queen Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953. The Queen chose Maids of Honour instead of pages to hold her train, following the precedent of Queen Victoria.

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NOVEMBER 20, 1947


Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace after their wedding.

1947


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The future Queen in Buckingham Palace during her engagement to Prince Philip.

1943


Princess Elizabeth wears a Girl Guide uniform.

1940


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Princess Elizabeth wears a patterned dress at Windsor Castle.

1937


Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) with her daughter, then-Princess Elizabeth, following the coronation of King George IV.

1935


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Princess Elizabeth, wearing her bridesmaids dress in preparation for her uncle, the Duke of Gloucester's wedding.

1930


The then-Princess wears a ruffled dress.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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