Celebrating 60 years of Royal style

In 2010, on a day-long visit to South Yorkshire, the Queen drew every eye with this stunning scarlet outfit. ''She has a simple shift dress in exactly the same tone under her edge to edge, collarless coat and her hat is higher on the crown and more elaborate on trim than usual, which adds height to her figure and draws attention to her face.
In 2010, on a day-long visit to South Yorkshire, the Queen drew every eye with this stunning scarlet outfit. ''She has a simple shift dress in exactly the same tone under her edge to edge, collarless coat and her hat is higher on the crown and more elaborate on trim than usual, which adds height to her figure and draws attention to her face.
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Diana was the Royal fashion plate, then Kate.

But while the Queen has never been one to lead a trend or deliberately turn a male head, she has ruled the country for 60 years in considerable style.

A military guard of honour formed by the Yorkshire Volunteers manage to keep their eyes straight ahead as the Queen, still very nifty at 50 in a boldly-printed, box-pleated summer dress with white shoes, hat and long gloves, walks through their lines on a visit to Sheffield in 1975.

A military guard of honour formed by the Yorkshire Volunteers manage to keep their eyes straight ahead as the Queen, still very nifty at 50 in a boldly-printed, box-pleated summer dress with white shoes, hat and long gloves, walks through their lines on a visit to Sheffield in 1975.

Her own style. One that is simple yet striking, elegant and classic.

Hers is a look which is never too fussy or frivolous.

It is always, absolutely, 100 per cent right.

She was just 27 when she ascended the throne and even then, she was turning a sensible heel on fads that were a little too sexy for a sovereign.

Sometimes, a beautifully-cut coat is all you need to cut the right figure.''Pictured in Sheffield on a Royal visit in 1954,  the young queen's slender waist is emphasised in this flattering, full-skirted design with what looks like an Astrakhan collar. ''Her felt hat, worn at a jaunty angle, is finished with a smart feather.

Sometimes, a beautifully-cut coat is all you need to cut the right figure.''Pictured in Sheffield on a Royal visit in 1954, the young queen's slender waist is emphasised in this flattering, full-skirted design with what looks like an Astrakhan collar. ''Her felt hat, worn at a jaunty angle, is finished with a smart feather.

She favoured the full-skirted Fifties dresses with nipped in waists and wore long, calf-skimming coats to match.

The coat as a statement piece has never failed her in 60 years on the throne. They are smart, functional and warm, and she is rarely seen without one these days.

Little hats were all the rage when the new Queen took over the biggest job in the world – and she wore hers to charming effect.

She has never favoured huge, fussy hats – too distracting for the crowds and too embarrassing if they were caught by a sudden breeze – but in her later years, crowns and brims have become a tad more extravagant, giving added gravitas. Like all women in their eighties, she seems to have lost a few inches in height.

Her love of pearls, gloves and simple, boxy handbags has never faltered either.

And she is renowned for her abiding love of strong hues.

Colour-blocking may be a new trend for the young, but Elizabeth II has been working it for years.

She often wears entire outfits in one strong tone from head to toe. And it works.

She seems to love deep, intense reds, turquoise, purple and yellow – and occasionally a Royal blue.

In last few years Her Majesty has begun to favour pastel tones, from gentle colour washes of peach and aqua to ‘sweet shop’ sherbet hues of lemon and pink.

They are the colours the late Queen Mother favoured – and knew very well how much they flatter an older lady’s complexion.

To celebrate that majestic sense of style, we raided the Star’s archives and, above, found a stash of photographs of the Queen looking stunning on visits to South Yorkshire during her reign.

Secrets of the Royal wardrobe

The Queen always looks so cool, calm and collected and it’s not just because she has a lady-in-waiting on standby.

Royal dress designer Stewart Parvin has revealed a few little House of Windsor wardrobe secrets...

The Queen does not perspire.

Her body temperature is normally cool. The hotter a person gets, the more likely their clothes are to get creased, crumpled - and a bit damp under the arms.

She has a servant wear her new shoes in so she doesn’t get blisters.

Says Parvin: “The Queen can never say: “I can’t walk any further. Shoes have to be immediately comfortable. She does get someone to wear them in.”

To ensure outfits don’t get worn twice to the same event, the time, date and occasion they are worn on are recorded on a spreadsheet.

We rarely see her in a skirt because she worries a blouse might become un-tucked. Dresses are neater. “There is always someone photographing her. When she gets out of a car she can’t tuck her shirt in or tighten things. In a dress, she gets out and she’s ready.”