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

Yes, queen (literally).

It’s not news that Queen Elizabeth II is a bit of a fashion icon. After all, she does have designers like Karl Lagerfeld praising her flawless and timeless style.

But with all the hype surrounding the amazing style of the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton), it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the queen was mixing prints and color-blocking way before the duchess was around.

These days, we are quick to think of her in color coordinating suits and elaborate hats. Perhaps you have heard that she employs someone to wear in her shoes, or that she wears a lot of blue.

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

But as her majesty turns 90 on April 21, there is no better time to revisit 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.

In honor of this exciting milestone, we invite you to check out just how stylish the queen was -- and still continues to be.

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 knows the value of a statement coat.
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Circa 1935
And, for that matter, a statement shoulder.
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Circa 1935
It's "bigger is better" when it comes to collars.
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1937
And she nails the equestrian trend.
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1942
She's not afraid to play with prints.
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1940
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1944
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1955
She appreciates the power of a red lip.
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1946
She was far from a traditional bride.
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1947
She's not above repeating a statement piece.
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1951
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1954
And she has the best bling.
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1953
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1953
She's sheerly elegant.
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1954
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1969
She was rocking floral headpieces way before Coachella.
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1961
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1968
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1980
And turbans before they were sold at Urban Outfitters.
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1975
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1977
A little rain can't get in the way of her great style.
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1953
Or a little sun, either.
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1977
Her headscarf game is on point.
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1972
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1972
She's great in solids...
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1980
... And patterns, too.
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1977
She knows the world is her mirror.
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1985
And is an ombré master.
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1977
Most importantly, she knows you're never *fully* dressed without a smile.
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2016

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding. She was married to Prince Philip in 1947.

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