Queen heartache: How the Queen was terrified of being overlooked – ‘I have to be seen’

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II is one of the most remarkable figures on the planet, having reigned for 67 years and visited more than 125 countries. But the Queen’s fear of being overlooked made her change her appearance in order to be seen.

Queen Elizabeth II is Britain longest-reigning monarch with her 67 years on the throne. And the Queen, who turned 93-years-old earlier this year, doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In 2018 alone, the monarch undertook an astounding 292 engagements, more than any of her great-grandchildren.

During her reign, she has also visited more than 125 countries and done immeasurable good for the reputation of Britain.

But despite the Queen’s many appearances, a royal expert told how the monarch feared nobody would recognise her.

Robert Hardman, the Queen’s biographer, said Her Majesty started using bright colours so she wouldn’t be overlooked in huge crowds.

According to Mr Hardman, the Queen once said: “I can’t wear beige because people won’t know who I am. And I have to be seen to be believed.”

Queen heartache The monarch feared nobody would recognise her Image GETTY
Queen heartache The monarch feared nobody would recognise her Image GETTY

Queen heartache: The monarch feared nobody would recognise her (Image: GETTY)

Throughout her reign, the monarch has become known for her love of colours and has been seen wearing all shades of the rainbow when out in public.

The monarch has a very particular sense of style and tends to wear a monochromatic palette at any given time.

This includes matching clothes, hats and shoes often in colours such as fuchsia, lemon and royal blue.

Normally when the monarch steps out in public, huge crowds gather to get a glimpse, making it hard to spot her.

Queen heartache The Queen wears bright colours so people can spot her from afar Image GETTY
Queen heartache The Queen wears bright colours so people can spot her from afar Image GETTY

Queen heartache: The Queen wears bright colours so people can spot her from afar (Image: GETTY)

Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, confirmed the reason for the monarch’s vibrant clothing in a documentary titled The Queen at 90.

The countess said: “She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the Queen’.

“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.”

In 2012, Vogue did a study of the Queen’s style, looking at every outfit she wore over 12 months.

The Queen is wearing vibrant clothes so big crowds can recognise her Image GETTY
The Queen is wearing vibrant clothes so big crowds can recognise her Image GETTY

The Queen is wearing vibrant clothes so big crowds can recognise her (Image: GETTY)

The Queen often opts for pink a colour she has been seen wearing for decades Image GETTY
The Queen often opts for pink a colour she has been seen wearing for decades Image GETTY

The Queen often opts for pink, a colour she has been seen wearing for decades (Image: GETTY)

The fashion and lifestyle magazine found that only two percent of the Queen’s outfits were black and one percent beige.

According to Queen Elizabeth II’s personal assistant, the monarch has a strong opinion when it comes to her clothing.

Angela Kelly told the Telegraph: “The Queen loves clothes and is a real expert on fabrics.

“I do think she values my opinion but she is the one who is in control. She always makes the final decision.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK