Queenly

Queen Elizabeth II is somewhat of a fashion icon with her colour-blocked dress/jacket wardrobe, her pearls, her classic Launer handbag (she reportedly has over 200 in her collection).

Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by her grandson Prince William during a visit to RAF Valley where Prince William is stationed as a search and rescue helicopter pilot on April 1, 2011 in Holyhead, United Kingdom. The Queen toured the airbase meeting staff and families, watched a fly past and was given a guided tour of a Sea King search and rescue helicopter by Prince William.
Photo:Christopher Furlong

I admire how she has found a style she loves, and sticks with it. I, in a much more modest way, am like that, too: I have 7 MaxMara Whitney bags and 4 Celine Boogie bags.

Ever so practical, the monarch even carries a handbag hook which she secures on the underside of tables to discreetly hang her bag. I have a handbag hook in both BMWs: if you don’t know about these, trust me, you want one. (Amazon). Perhaps the Queen has one in her Land Rover.

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Ray Massey for the Daily Mail

Launer was established in London in 1941 and was awarded a royal warrant in 1968. Made In England with traditional craftsmanship and the finest materials, a bespoke bag requires a 4 week production time. You can order a handmade Launer handbag for about $2,000 USD. (Compare that with $13k for a Hermes Birkin—if you can get one.)

View the collection here.

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The company customises bags and accessories (leather-covered mirror, matching wallet, and eyeglass case) for their illustrious client. Her Majesty requires longer handles on her bags so that she can shake hands without it getting in the way, and for ease of opening, she forgoes shoulder straps, zippers, and partitions.

These retro-inspired silhouettes are so au courrant this season. Here is the new Celine top handle bag for Spring/Summer 2017 which is of a similar sensibility. It’s a classic design that will never go out of style. I wonder if the Queen will ever carry a Celine?

Photo via Vogue

Without the internet-crashing effect that Kate has, the Queen nonetheless, in her own inimitable way, is a trendsetter and fashion-influencer. Sales of Launer bags are soaring as more women, particularly younger women, are choosing the European luxury of Launer. The Queen may favour basic black, but fashionistas love the brilliant gem shades and exotic skins they offer.

Silk and Suits
Silk and Suits

When it comes to beauty, the sovereign is known to whip out her compact and reapply her lipstick after luncheon, dinner, or at the games. And it is always a bright pink or red shade. Uninfluenced by the vagaries of trends, the Queen has never, in public at least, donned a nude lip

Image via The Telegraph
Image via The Telegraph

British makeup guru, Charlotte Tilbury, who says she is obsessed with Britian’s longest reigning monarch, recently released a new lipstick in homage to her called, The Queen.

Image via Charlotte Tilbury
Image via Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte wanted to create a regal red that encapsulates the Queen’s inimitable style, poise, warmth and power.

~ Charlotte Tilbury media

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It is a gorgeous, bold, crimson-berry shade that is matte, buildable, and luxuriously hydrating. It’s part of my favourite lipstick range of all time: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution. I have seven shades (Pillow Talk; Very Victoria; Bond Girl; Red Carpet Red; Love Liberty, and Glastonberry). And now, The Queen.

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Perfect to usher in a reluctant Spring.

 

The Queen, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick

 

 

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