Queen Elizabeth II news: Why does the Queen always wear brightly coloured outfits?
YOU may have noticed that Queen Elizabeth II is not too fond of a muted hue. So just why is it the Queen always wears brightly coloured neon outfits?
These days it’s all about what Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are wearing.
But in her younger years, the Queen’s fashion choices were immensely popular, and were anticipated just as much as Meghan Markle’s are today.
Over the years the Queen’s style, much like anyone’s, has evolved, slowly becoming brighter, with matching colourful hats.
And at her 90th birthday celebration in 2016, she peaked with a bright neon green ensemble.
The truth behind the bright outfits is quite sensible, and sweet.
According to her daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Queen wants to make sure members of the public can catch sight of her through the crowds.
“She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the Queen’,” Sophie said in 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.”
Robert Hardman, the Queen’s biographer, even quoted her once as saying: “I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am.”
While that’s certainly far from the truth, the public has come to love the Queen’s cheery getups, with daily bets placed on what colour hat she’ll wear to Royal Ascot here races each year.
Perhaps the Queen’s famous quote, “I have to be seen to be believed” is more practical than we’d thought.
And the neons aren’t the only multifunctional thing donned by the queen: her handbags have a purpose too.
You’d be hard pressed to find a picture of Her Majesty without one of her signature Launer handbags, which she reportedly has more than 200 of.
But just as the Queen has a few fascinating secrets about herself, there’s more to these purses than meets the eye.
The truth is, the Queen uses her purse to send secret signals to her staff.
These signals help her get out of conversations at any time she pleases.
If the Queen moves her handbag from its normal spot on her left arm to her right arm while she’s talking with someone, her handlers know that she wants to wrap it up.
Putting her bag on the floor is a sign that she needs to be saved from an uncomfortable encounter ASAP.
If she’s at dinner and places the bag on the table, that means she wants to end the event in the next five minutes.
As for what the Queen keeps in her bag, royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith says the items aren’t all that different from what normal women carry with them: a mirror, lipstick, mint lozenges, and reading glasses.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK