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A reigning style star; EMMA JOHNSON looks back on Her Majesty's fabulous fashion decades.

Byline: EMMA JOHNSON

THE Launer handbags, the brightly coloured coats, the see-through umbrellas that co-ordinate with her outfits ready for the inevitable downpour mid-Royal walkabout, the elegant gloves and the hats... oh, those beautiful hats!

The Queen's wardrobe has been under scrutiny ever since she was photographed as a little girl in her princess coats and cute curls.

The material for her 1947 wedding dress may have been bought with ration coupons but it was created by one of the period's top designers, Norman Hartnell - also the man behind her breathtaking coronation gown in 1953.

From mini skirts to flares to power suits, many trends have come and gone in her almost 64-year reign, but Her Majesty's sense of style has not wavered.

Her clothes cannot ruffle, skirts must not lift (tiny weights stitched into the hems keep rogue gusts of wind at bay), she cannot be fiddling with buttons, belts or zips in public, while bright colours are favoured so that she stands out amid the crowds of well-wishers.

Lemon, baby blue and pastel pink are popular shades, while for her Diamond Jubilee concert, a shimmering gold gown was befitting the grandeur of the occasion.

Whether she is off to church, opening Parliament, walking her beloved corgis or meeting schoolchildren, the Queen always looks the part.

Three cheers to a woman who will never go out of fashion.

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Queen Elizabeth II wearing a gown designed by Norman Hartnell for her coronation ceremony in 1953

Looking elegant in pale pink in 1975

The Queen with her beloved corgis

Royal blue: Attending an Easter service in

Her Majesty in one of her trademark scarves

The Queen shining bright backstage at The Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012

Looking stylish even from a young age, Princess Elizabeth in 1933

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2016
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