Time for tea
Elizabeth wore this outfit when she announced her engagement to Prince Philip in 1947. Her cute tea dress and peep-toes are very girl next door (if you live in Belgravia that is), but the bows and asymmetric hem show she has an eye for fashion.
Full-on and fabulous
In 1954, two years after becoming Queen, Her Majesty went on a tour of Australia, flying the flag for the UK – and style. I love how she rocked a Mad Men-esque tiny nipped-in waist with this huge circle skirt. Well, it was the look of the decade!
HRH covered up for The Highland Games in 1962, but this look is so fashion-forward it hurts! The edge-to-edge coat, bracelet sleeves and slash pockets are all seriously hot right now. I want this outfit in every colour to carry me through A/W ’12.
In the decade that taste forgot, the Queen still managed to look fabulous. She sported her turban on a visit to Mexico in 1975 and I just love it – it’s so YSL! And the sunray pleats and polka dots are still bang on trend today.
She’s got the power
I was very happy to see that even the Queen succumbed to power dressing! These sharp shoulder pads plus the electric-blue palette she wore to greet the Nigerian President at Victoria Station in May 1989 are pure Dynasty.
Her Royal Highness looked ever so stately in this full-length evening gown at the Royal Variety Performance in November 1995. The embellished, fitted body gave the look proper va-va-voom for her night out.
The white queen
I absolutely adore this fairy-tale outfit that Her Maj wore on a trip to Slovakia. Winter metallics, pastel tweeds and this fur trim look great on our silver-haired monarch – Elizabeth is our real-life snow queen.
She might be well into her 80s, but the Queen still has fun with fashion. She sported this print dress on a trip to the Gulf in November 2010 – and was way ahead of the trend for big, bold, botanic prints. It took the fashionistas nearly two years to catch up!