So it was Queen Elizabeth’s birthday yesterday. Queen Elizabeth II is always wearing the brightest, most colorful outfit in the room, and according to her daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, it’s for a very practical reason. “She needs to stand out for people to be able to say, ‘I saw the Queen,'” shein the documentary, The Queen at 90. “Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the queen’s hat as she went past.” Here are her most vivid and vibrant styles through the years.
Dining with President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in London.
Attending a performance at the Royal Opera House in London.
Touring West Germany.
Reviewing troops in Barbados.
Watching a demonstration by the police in the Bahamas.
Dancing with President Gerald Ford at the White House.
Posing for a portrait commemorating her 50th birthday in London.
With the royal family at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Welcoming President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan in Windsor.
Arriving for the final day of the Queen’s Cup in Windsor, England.
With President Francois Mitterrand of France aboard HMY Britannia during her official state visit to his country.
Attending a Prince’s Trust Training Program in London.
Watching a parade in The Mall as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations in London.
Attending the Queen’s Cup Polo Match in Windsor, England.
Attending her 80th birthday party in London.
Inspecting an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at Brdo castle in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Attending a theater performance in Liverpool, England.