When a royal wears it, it’s bound to become iconic. Decade after decade, the royal family has proved time and time again that they are the epitome of timeless grace and style that never goes out of fashion. That might be because of how intentional every last detail of their overall appearance is as whatever they wear is not simply decided by what looks regal, elegant, and sophisticated.
Royals have certain traditions and rules they are required to adhere to and although it’s pretty complicated to stick to an extremely strict dress code, women like Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly, and Princess Diana all still managed to pull off stunning looks and start their own style trends.
Here are the most iconic fashion moments throughout history:
The Queen’s Consistently Neon Wardrobe
Don’t mistake those bold shades as just some sort of accident or the Queen’s attempt at making a fashion statement.
Every time the Queen graces us with her presence in public, she’s always seen wearing outfits with colors that are bright and cheerful such as fuschia, royal blue, or lemon. The reason why she opted for this is actually quite simple and touching—she wants to stand out to help members of the public catch a glimpse of her even through thick crowds.
The Coronation Gown of 1953
Speaking of the Queen, we can’t forget her ensemble during the very first televised coronation. She worked closely with royal courtier Sir Norman Hartnell to create a regal down in the finest white duchess satin with embroidery featuring national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread.
Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress
In a list of the most iconic royal fashion moments of all time, it’s no surprise that we will talk about a lot of royal wedding dresses. The wedding dress that the ethereal Grace Kelly wore to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 is the very definition of timelessness. Designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose, the dress, complete with hand-sewn pearls, a high neckline, a fitted lace bodice, and a long, billowing skirt, took several months to craft.
Diana’s Wrinkled Wedding Gown
Straight from the ‘80s bridal fashion, Princess Diana’s wedding dress was designed by husband-and-wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel. With era-defining puff sleeves and a 25-foot train intricately embellished with 10,000 mother of pearl sequins, the grandiosity and style of the gown continue to spark copycat designs and dresses even up to today.
Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress
There are but few wedding dresses that have gained so much recognition, popularity, and influence as Kate Middleton’s. The Alexander McQueen gown remains an inspiration for numerous brides-to-be around the world who wish to emulate the Duchess’ effortlessly elegant look.
One of the highlights of this Victorian-inspired dress is the lace appliqué on the skirt and bodice that was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework.
Meghan Markle’s Wedding Gown
Meghan Markle’s wedding look was one of the most anticipated moments of 2018 as it was shrouded in secrecy before its big reveal. It certainly lived up to the hype as her pure white and minimal Givenchy boat neck gown was definitely a stunner. The wedding dress has even garnered the top spot for the most searched celebrity wedding dress.
Designed by Clare Waight-Keller, the sleek aesthetic of the gown was made to gracefully frame Meghan’s shoulders and emphasize her waist. Her dress was made of double-boned silk cady cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza.
Diana’s Revenge Dress
Fairytale weddings don’t always have happy endings. It’s no secret that the relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles was a royal mess. In 1994, Diana wore a black Christina Stambolian dress with a plunging neckline at the Serpentine Gallery. The jaw-dropping number was later dubbed the “Revenge Dress” because she wore it on the same night as the airing of Prince Charles’ controversial tell-all interview wherein he admitted to having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowels.
Meghan Markle’s Engagement Announcement Coat
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement at a press conference in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, Markle emerged in a belted Line the Label white coat to mark the special occasion. Because of its simple yet chic look, Line the Label’s website even crashed when Meghan made her appearance as people wanted to get their hands on it.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s Memorable Hats
It’s not just the dresses that make the royals stand out, accessories also have their moments in the spotlight. Kate’s wedding dress wasn’t the only scene-stealer during the 2011 event. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie had everyone’s attention when they donned a pair of one-of-a-kind Philip Treacy fascinators. Beatrice wore a beige hat with an upright oval design and ribbon features that perfectly matched her nude Valentino dress. Eugenie, on the other hand, sported a blue headpiece with a huge purple flower and ruffled white feathers on top. This completed her Vivienne Westwood ensemble.
Queen Elizabeth’s Launer Handbags
A woman is never without her trusty handbag and the Queen certainly knows what she wants in hers. For her entire reign, the monarch has only flaunted a few bags which are all from the same U.K. Designer—Launer. She is so dedicated to the brand that she owns 200. Her favorites are the black leather Royale, the black patent Traviata, and a custom handbag.
These are just a few of the many, many notable fashion moments of the royals. From elegant gowns and dresses to show-stopping accessories, the royals have their own way of setting stylish, timeless, and refined trends.