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Queen Elizabeth - 1950s style icon

Updated on July 24, 2015
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Queen Elizabeth style - the Kate Middleton of the 1950s

Did you know that in the 1950s our present Queen Elizabeth was seen as a style icon - much in the same way as the Duchess of Cambridge is seen today, or even Diana back in her day?

When the 1950s dawned, the queen was simply known as Princess Elizabeth; it would be three years later that she became the sovereign. But like Katherine, she did have her own handsome prince; she and Prince Philip of Greece had married in 1947 and by the time she was crowned, she was the mother of two young children.

Although the recent war was fresh in everyone's minds, the Queen knew how to sparkle on formal public occasions. In her private life, or when touring or making public appearances, she showed a restrained but fashionable style that was emulated by women all over the world.She was seen as a trend setter who inspired women to look fabulous - thanks to her own modern yet sophisticated style. My mum was born at around the same time as the Elizabeth and told me often how young women idolized her.

Her Royal Style

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Style for a monarch in the 1950s

Because the war was so recent - in fact, rationing didn't fully end until 1954 - the Queen was economical and yet she was stylish when choosing her wardrobe. She wore regal gowns for formal occasions but during tours and when attending public appearances she chose a style that all women could copy. And they did.She was the Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge of her day.

More style photographs

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Further reading

Elizabeth has had a fascinating life.

She wasn't brought up to be a monarch; that only came to pass because of the abdication of her uncle, Edward Vlll who renounced the throne so he could marry Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee.

Nevertheless, she has served her country for her entire adult life transforming herself from a young married woman into an ambassador and monarch who is respected the world over.

Get the look

This stylish look is so popular, still today

Pearls

Queen Elizabeth is rarely seen without pearls, in common with most women in the British Royal Family.

She has,of course, the benefit of heirloom jewellery that has been in her family for generations but we can still copy her 1950s style.

The jewellery worn by Queen Elizabeth II is probably priceless but you can easily and inexpensively emulate her look by buying beautiful pearl jewelry online.

Simply stylish bracelets

You'll have noticed that Her Majesty often wears simple bracelets, often over her crisp white gloves.

Fashion stylists agree that it's the small details such as this that defines a well dressed woman. You can buy a beautiful selection online.

Don't you love that photograph?

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: Six Decades of Love, Marriage and Monarchy (Royal Couples Book 1)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: Six Decades of Love, Marriage and Monarchy (Royal Couples Book 1)

Or rather, the two photographs.

I'm guessing that the second was taken around sixty years after the first. The marriage between Philip and Elizabeth was a love-match - I think you can tell by the way they are in these images.

In those days, it was common for monarchs (and monarchs-to-be) to be gently nudged towards a suitable marriage partner. In fact, history has shown us that this was still happening in the 1980s when Prince Charles was gently pressured into marrying Diana Spencer. Read about this incredible couple and their life and love.Look at their faces - it reminds me of that song 'Still Crazy After All These Years'.

 

Colour video from the 1950s

It's not often you see colour videos from that era from the UK so this is lovely. I would love to have the peep-toe shoes that the Queen is wearing in the final segment!

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      She's certainly wonderful but how very attractive she was when she was younger.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Paula Attwell - isn't it wonderful?

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      Paula Atwell 

      3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Lovely article. Love the side by side photos of the couple. :)

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      Tonie Cook 

      3 years ago from USA

      Very informative. Love HRH - always have.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: I love those two photographs of the two of them.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sweet! Enjoyed reading this.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @aminebombom: Indeed!

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      Amine 

      4 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      well, she s definitely a classic woman, and loveable by her people and by others from all around the world.Long live the queen :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DeborahDian: It's funny isn't it? Most people today know her as an old lady and don't remember how slim and stylish she was.

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Fabulous research! What a wonderful article. I learned a lot about Queen Elizabeth!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @PAINTDRIPS: Thank you so much. It was a wonderfully interesting topic to research. She was as attractive as any film star of the day.

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      This is so awesome. I love the jewelry and photo references. You did an fabulous job researching. thanks.

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      Hello.BTW, love that last photo of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Guess "gently pressured" and "arranged marriage" are more common than I thought.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I agree and strangely I was watching a documentary about it just the other day.It must have had so many happy family memories for her.

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      SusanAston 

      5 years ago

      Lovely pictures - she is a huge asset to the UK and it's such a shame Tony Blair decommissioned the Britannia which she loved nad much deserved.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @jolou: I'm so looking forward to hem having their baby!

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      jolou 

      5 years ago

      She's a wonderful lady. I love WIlliam and Kate too.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lav777 lm: Thanks for visiting! The Queen is definitely a remarkable lady.

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      lav777 lm 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens... I can now imagine how simply elegant and classic she was and even up to now... I like royal stories, they simply makes the world unique...thanks for this lens:)

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