Today, the Queen of the United Kingdom, the longest reigning head of state in the world, turns 94 (!). Due to the pandemic that swept the world, Elizabeth canceled all official events to mark the celebration. Recall that the Queen traditionally celebrates the holiday twice a year: April 21 - the day Her Majesty was born - she spends in a narrow circle of relatives and friends. And in summer, a so-called official birthday with the obligatory Trooping the Color parade is held for all subjects of the kingdom. But instead of this celebration of life, apparently numerous Zoom conferences with all members of the royal family are planned.
On the occasion of Elizabeth's birthday, we decided not to talk about her love for monochrome colored outfits, but to remember how she dressed before ascending the throne, and how her style changed in the first decade of her reign. She received the throne of Great Britain and the kingdoms of the Commonwealth at the age of twenty-five, after the death of her father, King George VI. In her youth, as a princess, she preferred modest 40s shirt dresses, double-breasted jackets and pearls - you hardly see her photo without a double or triple pearl string. She married her and did not part with this jewelry literally until she received the crown, when access to the hereditary diamonds was opened. Along with official receptions, a love for ball gowns came to her - she supplemented lush evening dresses with snow-white gloves and luxurious tiaras weighing hundreds of carats.Then the love for color - blue, pink, coral - woke up in her - the play of shades became a way of self-expression within the strict framework of the royal dress code. This love in her is alive to this day.