When it came to Queen Elizabeth II's style, it was always a case of fashion royalty meets real royalty.
While Her Majesty, who passed away on Sept. 8, will be remembered for having the longest reign in British history and a life dedicated to service, her legacy will also include her history as a style icon. Whether she was wearing a gorgeous gown and jewel-encrusted tiara for a banquet or a monochromatic coat-and-hat combination for a public engagement, the 96-year-old monarch caught the attention of fashion lovers across the globe.
"She needs to stand out for people to be able to say 'I saw the Queen,'" Sophie, Countess of Wessex, said in The Queen at 90 documentary about Her Majesty's colorful ensembles. "Don't forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen's hat as she went past."
Throughout her reign, the Queen was loyal to British designers, wearing pieces by Norman Hartnell and Stewart Parvin to name a few. She also occasionally used fashion to convey a subtle message, such as through the addition of a meaningful brooch or pieces selected to pay homage to a particular country she was visiting on tour.
In Her Majesty's memory, here's a look back at her fashion evolution over the years.