Wed, 9 Jan, 2019
The one wardrobe staple the Queen has never been seen without for 50 years
Queen Elizabeth II has had the same handbag in her possession for the last 50 years.
The iconic bag, made by British label Launer, has been a staple in the wardrobe of the royals since Queen Elizabeth gave the company a royal warrant in 1968.
A royal warrant is a warrant that’s been issued by the sovereign that authorises the company to display the royal coat of arms.
The bag has been carried by the Queen over many years to iconic events, and its staple twisted rope emblem has been something royal watchers have kept an eye on.
The Queen had the statement piece when she met the Kennedy family in 2000.
The handbag was also in a portrait that was painted by artist Benjamin Sullivan to celebrate 100 years of the RAF club in London.
"It was almost happenstance that it was placed there," the artist, Benjamin Sullivan, said during the portraits’ unveiling.
"It's where she put it and I thought I could take it out. But then I thought it's actually quite a nice thing, a personal thing."
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