The Queen‘s birthday may have been in April but there’s no end to the festivities commemorating her 90th. The latest celebration is technically three celebrations, as there will be that many special exhibitions in each of Her Majesty’s official residences for the remainder of the year, charting significant events in the Queen’s life through fashion.
While she’s the longest-reigning British monarch in history, a loving wife to Prince Philip, an awe-inspiring mom, and the coolest grandmother and great-grandmother ever, she’s also quite the fashion plate. From timeless classics to bold choices, it makes perfect sense that her collection of royal outfits and accessories designed for the most special occasions in her life–from childhood to now–are being shown off.
Here’s just a preview of a few of the 150 iconic outfits featured in the exhibit, but we think they look even better when actually worn by the Queen. You tell us.
90 years of Queen Elizabeth’s most fashionable looks
On display: ATS UniformNot exactly the prettiest of outfits.Getty Images
On the Queen: ATS UniformOnly royalty can make coveralls look this good.Getty Images
On display: Yellow day dressLayers all day.Getty Images
On the Queen: Yellow day dressPaired with a silk crepe coat in the same shade of primrose, Her Majesty stunned at Prince Charles' Investiture ceremony, yet didn't steal her son's thunder.Getty Images
On display: Blue and white gownThe inverted v-shaped panel of rich embroidery in the form of maple leaves which cascade from the waist and over the hips made quite a statement. Getty Images
On the Queen: Blue and white gownIn Ottawa to mark the centennial celebrations of the Confederation of Canada, she stood out by not wearing red to the historic occasion. CP Images
On display: Grandmum of the groomThe public can see this outfit for the first time up close and personal, though they may have seen it on TV five years ago in April 2011, when Prince William married Kate Middleton.Getty Images
On the Queen: Grandmum of the groomDesigned by Angela Kelly, the crepe-wool beaded primrose (a fave colour of HRH) dress and coat have a matching hat adorned with handmade silk roses and apricot-coloured leaves.Getty Images
On display: Elegantly bejewelledSequins and beads and diamantes, oh, my!Getty Images
On the Queen: Elegantly bejewelledWorn during a state banquet in Germany in 1965, she repeated this gorgeous dress three years later for an official portrait in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.Getty Images
On display: Ornate gownCreated by British designer Sir Norman Hartnell, this is as grand as it gets, from the dramatic full skirt, asymmetrical bodice and rich embellishment.Getty Images
On the queen: Ornate gownShe wore this on a state visit to the Netherlands back in 1958 but we think we can all agree that this beauty is timeless. Getty Images
On display: Royal blueFrom the colour to the diamond-shaped inset panels, this Sir Norman Hartnell design wowed.Getty Images
On the Queen: Royal blueThe mother of the bride was clearly Princess Anne's something blue, what with the dress, its matching coat and the brimless hat. Style icon through and through.Getty Images