Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Style: Her Monochrome Looks
Historic traditions and modern technology came together in a symbolic way today: Queen Elizabeth II just sent her very first tweet!
The British matriarch tweeted via the @BritishMonarchy account (and looked mighty endearing while doing so, we might add) at the opening of the "Information Age" exhibition at London's Science Museum. Her 136-character message expressed hope that "people will enjoy visiting" and she signed it as "Elizabeth R."
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014
The curious initial actually stands for "regina," which is Latin for queen, and it is how Her Majesty the Queen signs official documents.
For Twitter users who were not at the event to witness the queen remove her glove to type out her tweet on an iPad, the @BritishMonarchy account quickly confirmed that the message was indeed written by Queen Elizabeth:
Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry— Invictus Games 2014 (@InvictusLondon) May 15, 2014
Fuchsia - April 1, 2018
The monarch looked radiant in a bright pink coat and matching hat at Easter Sunday service.
Royal blue - March 29, 2018
Queen Elizabeth wore a royal blue double-breasted coat with black trim and a matching patterned hat to the Royal Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel.
Light pink - March 27, 2018
Queen Elizabeth attended the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean in a pink coat and matching hat adorned with a purple flower.
Maroon - March 12, 2018
The queen wore a maroon coat with a darker lapel and matching floral-embellished hat to the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Orange - February 7, 2018
Queen Elizabeth returned to London after her Christmas break in a vibrant orange ensemble complete with a matching patterned scarf tied around her head.
Purple - December 21, 2017
The royal arrived for Christmas break at her Sandringham estate in a purple coat and pink and purple head scarf.
Baby Blue - November 16, 2017
The 91-year-old monarch smiled from ear to ear in a powder blue coat and matching feathered hat.
Hot pink - June 22, 2017
The queen attended the Royal Ascot in a bright pink jacket and feathered hat, swapping out her standard black gloves for a white pair.
Yellow - June 21, 2017
The monarch looked cheery in a lemon-colored coat and hat at the Royal Ascot.
Neon green - June 20, 2017
At day one of the Royal Ascot, the monarch wore an even brighter-than-usual ensemble, donning a neon green outfit and floral dress underneath.
Light salmon - June 13, 2017
Queen Elizabeth arrived at Paddington Station in a light coral-colored coat and hat, which complimented her patterned dress.
Lavender — April 11, 2017
The Queen looked Easter-ready in a light shade of purple while out to open a new Center for Elephant Care. She coordinated her knee-length coat with a lavender sheath dress and matching flower-embellished hat for the fun outing.
Magenta - March 13, 2017
The Queen looked ready for spring in her magenta coat and matching hat, adorned with white florals and pussy willow branches.
Blue - March 9, 2017
The Queen arrived to unveil a new memorial to members of the armed services in a royal blue coat over a matching knee-length dress. She paired the bright look with a matching, feathered hat, and all black accessories.
Pink - March 3, 2017
Queen Elizabeth stepped out in Tidworth, England, for a royal engagement in a pink tweed coat and matching hat. She paired the cheery look with a magenta dress and her classic black loafers.
White - February 28, 2017
The Queen rocked her winter whites to open a new development at The Charterhouse in London. She looked elegant in a patterned coat with pastel accents and a matching, flower-embellished hat.
MAGENTA - January 19, 2017
It looks like the Queen has fully recovered from the heavy cold that kept her from partaking in many of the palace’s holiday festivities. The long-reigning royal stopped by the Women’s Institue in West Newton, Norfolk for tea on Thursday. Elizabeth II looked happy and healthy in a bold magenta coat and a set of her typical black loafers—naturally, she accessorized with her go-to handbag. The Queen never fails to brighten our day!
Teal - February 14, 2017
The Queen stepped on Valentine's Day, switching up the holiday's traditionally red color palette for this teal coat with a matching hat, plus her black purse, gloves, and loafers.
Pastel Green - February 7, 2017
Spring is in the air, so says the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II stepped out at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk on Tuesday, looking Easter-ready in a soft pastel coat, her signature black purse, gloves, and loafers, as well as a patterned headscarf.
Pink - January 27, 2017
The Queen looks pretty in pink in a bright coat with black buttons and matching trim while stepping out for the "Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific" exhibition at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. She accessorized with a pink and black hat, gloves, and low-heeled loafers, completing her outfit with a radiant smile.
Teal - November 9, 2016
The Queen opened the Francis Crick Institute, a center of biomedical research, in a teal coat with a black collar and matching hat. She accessorized with a black bag, matching gloves, and loafers.
Bright Blue - October 27, 2016
During a visit to Poundbury, England, the British monarch stood out in a bright blue wool coat and matching hat that she accessorized with black gloves, a coordinating handbag, and loafers.
Lavender - September 3, 2016
Queen Elizabeth, like Kate Middleton, is all about rewearing the items in her wardrobe, and stepped out in this familiar light purple coat and dress, with visible seams and a matching hat. The Queen was making an appearance for the Highland games at the U.K.'s Braemar Gathering.
Light Pink - July 13, 2016
Queen Elizabeth looked pretty in pink in a tweed coat and matching hat for a visit to her grandson Prince William's air base in Cambridge.
Neon Green - June 11, 2016
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch stepped out for her official birthday celebration in her brightest look yet. The Queen wore a Stewart Parvin coat and Rachel Trevor hat with a pop of pink and looked positively radiant. The look had Twitter buzzing with #neonat90, as on-lookers celebrated her pop of color.
Mint – June 7, 2016
On hand in the city to open the fifth session of the Welsh Assembly, Queen Elizabeth II wore a mint-hued silk tweed coat with a matching Rachel Trevor Morgan fascinator for the occasion, completing her look with a Stewart Parvin silk dress.
Pink - May 10, 2016
The Queen stepped out for the first Royal Garden Party of the year in an all-pink look and matching umbrella.
Fuschia - May 6, 2016
Queen Elizabeth stepped out in a bright all-pink look for a visit to the Berkhamsted School.
Lime Green - April 21, 2016
One her 90th birthday, the Queen donned a lime green coat and matching flower-adorned hat that made for one cheerful ensemble. She completed the look with her signature brooch and three-strand pearl necklace, adding her favorite black horsebit loafers, white gloves, and top-handle bag.
Bright Pink - April 20, 2016
A day before her 90th birthday, the royal stepped out in a bright pink hat and coat to kick off the celebrations for her special day in Windsor, England.
Turquoise - March 24, 2016
The Queen donned a turquoise coat with navy lace trim over a dress of the same hue when she attended the Royal Maundy Service at Windsor Castle.
Sky Blue - March 14, 2016
Queen Elizabeth II wore a sky blue coat and matching feathered hat at the annual Commonwealth Day service, the largest annual interfaith gathering in the U.K.
Royal blue – March 8, 2016
The Queen wore a royal blue coat and matching feathered hat to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust.
Magenta – March 3, 2016
The monarch dazzled in a magenta coat and top hat adorned with two red feathers on a visit to the Lister Community School.
Lilac – February 23, 2016
Queen Elizabeth donned a lilac coat and hat for a ceremony at the Bond Street station where a London train line was named in her honor.
Red – February 7, 2016
The Queen stunned in a red ensemble after Sunday mass, choosing black accessories to complement her red coat and hat.
Teal – February 4, 2016
The fashion-forward monarch took a risk in a teal coat with a zigzag design and a floral-adorned hat during a visit to The Norfolk Hospice.
Peach – January 17, 2016
Queen Elizabeth was ready for mass in a peach-colored coat and dress set. She accessorized, of course, with a matching hat.
Fuschia – June 16, 2015
For the 2015 Royal Ascot, Queen Elizabeth donned a cheery fuschia coat and hat worn over a white-and-fuschia floral print dress.