Vintage Photos Of Queen Elizabeth II Prove She Was The Most Stylish Royal Of All

A fashion icon.

Queen Elizabeth II was a driving icon, a family-first icon (for better and for worse) and, of course, a fashion icon.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle may have gotten more attention in recent years for their style choices, but the queen was making headlines for her mixed prints and color-blocking way before they were around.

In later years she was known for color coordinating suits and elaborate hats, which came from a wardrobe that was meticulously planned and put together in advance. She even employed someone to wear in her shoes, and wore a lot of blue.

Queen Elizabeth II attended the traditional Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on March 24, 2016 in Windsor, England.
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Queen Elizabeth II attended the traditional Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on March 24, 2016 in Windsor, England.

But she was no less fashion-forward than she was during some of her earlier, less expected moments. Like, say, a statement coat at 9 years old or the many flower crowns she’s worn over the years.

Check out our favorite vintage photos of Queen Elizabeth II’s style, both then and in the years just before her death, below.

Ruffled skirt? Check!
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1928
She adopted the blanket scarf trend at an early age.
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1930
She had the whole "mommy and me" thing down.
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Circa late 1930s.
She knew the value of a statement coat...
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Circa 1935
...and even a statement shoulder.
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Circa 1935
She went "bigger is better" when it came to collars.
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1937
And she nailed the equestrian look.
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1942
She wasn't afraid to play with prints.
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1940
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1944
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1955
And she appreciated the power of a red lip.
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1946
Her wedding dress was elaborate...
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1947
... but she wasn't above repeating a statement piece.
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1951
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1954
She had the most bling.
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1953
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1953
And was sheerly elegant.
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1954
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1969
She rocked floral headpieces way before Coachella.
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1961
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1968
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1980
And turbans, too.
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1975
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1977
A little rain couldn't dampen her signature look.
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1953
(Or a little sun, either.)
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1977
Her headscarf game was on point.
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1972
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1972
She was great in solids...
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1980
... And patterns, too.
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1977
And she wasn't afraid of a little touch-up.
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1985
She mastered ombré.
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1977
Most importantly, she knew you're never *fully* dressed without a smile.
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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