beauty & Style

Shannen Findlay

The mind-boggling way the Queen gets dressed in the morning

It turns out the Queen has a perfectly curated system to choose what outfit she wears each day. 

Paul Burrell, a former butler at the palace, has revealed the monarch has custom-made ensembles made for her by looking at “sketches” of clothing and accessories. 

“The Queen has to have her outfits brought down to her, all her clothes are kept on the top floor,” Burrell told Yahoo Style UK’s video series, The Royal Box.

“Her dresser will bring down two outfits in the morning, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool,” he revealed.

“The one the Queen picks is the one which is brought downstairs from up above, so she doesn’t actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it.”

Burrell was able to see Her Majesty in action when he was her footman (personal assistant) before he became Princess Diana’s butler. 

The Queen has a style widely loved by royal fans – not just for its elegance and sophistication but for it’s bold colours, matching hats and gorgeous jewellery.

 The 93-year-old has never been afraid of a good outfit "repeat" either and is known to re-wear custom-made outfits by her dressmaker Angela Kelly or royal couturier Stewart Parvin. 

“The Queen’s clothes are a constant source of comment in the media and she will wear a favourite outfit for years,” according to the 2011 book Not in Front of the Corgis.

“When she finally tires of it, she will hand it to one of her dressers, who can either wear it or sell it.”

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of Queen Elizabeth’s best and most colourful outfits.