The British royal family is a fashionable bunch, and the most fashionable one of all? Well, Elizabeth II of course. The British Monarch is no stranger to a fashion show, and just like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, she puts a lot of thought into her outfits, meaning there are almost always reasons for why she does (or doesn’t) wear certain things. But there’s one thing the queen absolutely never chooses for royal engagements: pants.
The one and only time the queen wore trousers on official duty was during her tour of Canada in 1970 with Prince Philip, nearly 50 years ago. She wore a matte silk pantsuit by designer Ian Thomas in an effort to modernize her look. Clearly, she didn’t favor slacks, as she hasn’t worn many pairs since. You might have spotted her wearing the staple during leisure time or riding her beloved horses, but she won’t wear them on duty. And you certainly wouldn’t find her wearing jeans like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
The queen likes to keep her style simple and practical, but she doesn’t lack a flair for fashion, particularly when it comes to colors. You’ll often see her in a brightly colored coat with a matching hat, stylish handbag, and her go-to loafers. She chooses this tried-and-tested ensemble so often for one simple reason: so the public can easily recognize her.