Her Majesty: The Style Icon

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It's been an impressive 60 years today (6 February) since Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. And, whilst she's now become synonymous with brightly coloured suits and coordinating headwear, Her Majesty has sported some seriously stylish outfits in her 85 years, even being named one of the world's most glamourous women by Vogue in 2008.

From her floral turbans of the '60s to her kerchiefs and tweed of the '80s, we've charted Her Majesty's most stylist outfits to date in the gallery below. Simply click an image to launch the gallery.

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  • Country Style, 1944

    A young Elizabeth with one of her horses in Sandringham, Norfolk, wearing a fitted jacket and simple, button-down dress.

  • Cream Bows, 1947

    Princess Elizabeth wearing a light-coloured dress, decorated with bows in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace.

  • Royal Couple, 1950s

    Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace in a gorgeous, floor length gown.

  • The Coronation, 1953

    The princess becomes Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey, in a gown commissioned by royal dressmaker Norman Hartnell.

  • Floral at Goodwood, 1955

    Queen Elizabeth enjoys the racing at Goodwood in a floral dress, with matching hat and white gloves.

  • Crowned, 1956

    Queen Elizabeth in a turquoise floral gown and white gloves, sitting on the throne at the State Opening of Parliament in Lagos, Nigeria.

  • Diamonds and Fur, 1961

    A smiling Queen wearing diamond earrings, a sparkling silver gown and fur coat leaving the Indian Embassy.

  • Demure, 1961

    The Queen waving to the enthusiastic crowd from her car in India, wearing a floral turban gloves, pearls and belted, checked dress.

  • Pretty in Pink, 1967

    The Queen wearing one of her iconic flowered hats that she was quite fond of wearing in the '60s and '70s with a matching pink coat while on a royal visit to Malta.

  • Emeralds and Pearls, 1969

    The Queen at home in Buckingham Palace one of her beloved pet corgis, wearing a fitted emerald coloured dress with pearl earrings with a matching pearl necklace and broach.

  • Spotty Down Under, 1970

    Wearing a matching blue and yellow hat, the Queen wears a gorgeous, knee-length spotted dress with black court shoes and matching black handbag while chatting with traditionally dressed soliders during a tour of Australia and New Zeland.

  • Golden Swirl, 1975

    While in Jamaica, the Queen wore a white striped turban with matching swirl print golden dress, complete with matching white gloves, white handbag, and white court shoes.

  • Hats Galore, 1977

    The Queen is infamous for her love of headdresses and turbans - frequently designed by milliner Simone Mirman - and this brightly coloured headpiece she wore in Figi is one of our favourites. Her Majesty seems quite taken with it, as well.

  • British Sunshine, 1979

    The Queen mingles with her subjectse on a spring day, wearing a gorgeous yellow dress with matching yellow hat. She's also wearing pearl earrings and the three stranded pearl necklace which were a staple from the '60s onwards.

  • Country Life, 1982

    Gone are the turbans and tight-fitting floral dresses in this shot of the Queen at her beloved Royal Windsor Horse Show, and in are the kerchiefs, tweed and earth tones. In a blouse, high-waisted skirt and cardigan, this outfit is reminiscent of her early days in Sandringham.

  • Spots and Pearls, 1987

    Standing outside Clarence House with Princess Diana, the Queen is once again wearing her favourite pearl necklace and earrings, and a polka dot blue dress with mighty '80s-style shoulders.

  • Bold, Block Colours, 1990

    Once again at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Queen Elizabeth II checks her royal fingernails while sporting a bright red collared blouse, green cardigan and tartan skirt.

  • Lavendar and Fur, 1990

    While visiting New Zealand to witness the signing of the Waitangi Treaty, the Queen wears a floral, purple dress with matching violet hat, her favourite pearl jewelery and a fur Māori cloak.

  • Colourful Florals, 1992

    The Queen was particularly fond of florals in the '90s; here she is again at the Royal Windsor Horse Show wearing a mid-length floral dress, sunglasses, and her pearls.

  • At the Races, 1995

    At Royal Ascot the Queen wore an understated white hat, paired with a red and white houndstooth print dress, as well as a matching handbag and white gloves.

  • Yellow Spots, 1997

    While on a royal tour of Pakistan, the Queen kept cool in a veiled, yellow hat with a matching polka dot skirt suit.

  • Trenched, 2002

    During a spot of summer rain at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium, the Queen stood ready to give her speech while wearing a draped, camel-colour cape, holding her own bubble shaped umbrella.

  • Shocking Lime, 2007

    In Kampala, Uganda while visiting the Mildmay centre for AIDS orphans, the Queen arrived wearing a neon green dress and jacket with a matching bright green hat with black trimming.

  • Sparkling in Silver

    2008 - Wearing a extravagant silver hat and fur coat, the Queen kicked off a hockey match by tossing the puck out on the ice while on a royal tour of Slovakia. We adore how the Queen is this glamorous whilst just playing hockey.

  • Pink & Black, 2009

    On a visit to the Carole Brown Health Centre in Dersingham, England, the Queen wore a rather fetching hot pink dress, finished with a black fur hat, muff and a diamond brooch.

  • Keeping with Tradition, 2009

    The Queen wore her traditional Order of the Garter robes and hat during the Garter Ceremony Procession up to St George's Chapel.

  • Regal, 2009

    The annual state opening of parliament always calls for the Queen to don her crown and robes.

  • 3D Magic, 2010

    In 2010 the world went crazy for 3D and, while visiting Pinewood Studios in Toronto, Cananada, so did the Queen, pairing her bright red lipstick, pearls and floral dress with a pair of 3D glasses.

  • Royal duties, 2010

    Complete with gloves, pearls and a co-rodinating overcoat and hat, the Queen walks along Maldon High Street in Essex while on a visit to the Salt Crystal Company.

  • 85th Birthday, 2011

    Queen Elizabeth II celebrated turning 85 on 21 April 2011 by attending the Royal Maundy Day Service at Westminster Abbey in a signature bright suit, pearl, and matching hat.

    Picture credits: Rex Features and Getty Images

  • The Queen Covers Stylist, 2011

    The week 29 April 2011, we chose the Queen as our cover star instead of Kate Middleton.

  • At the Royal Courts of Justice, 2011

    Surrounded by High Court judges, the Queen wore a gold tweed outfit with rose detail to open the Rolls Building in December 2011.

  • Christmas Day, 2011

    Queen Elizabeth II attended a Christmas Day Church Service in a soft lilac suit, with black accessories.

  • Planting a Tree for the Jubilee, 2012

    The Queen planted a Tree in the Diamond Jubilee Wood of Sandringham to mark her Diamond Jubilee, and wore a thick green coat and printed headscarf.

  • In bright pink, 2012

    The Queen always wears colourful attire to Church, and for this Sunday Service at Flitcham Church, on January 15, she didn't disappoint, with this bright pink suit. Pink just happens to be the colour for Spring/Summer 2012.