Queen Elizabeth II of England turned 90 this year, and the Royal Collection Trust announced today that among the many, many (many) events the country is having in her honor, there will be an exhibition of 150 of her outfits at Buckingham Palace, from different stages of her life.
The queen, it turns out, did not always wear bright suits with matching hats. There was a time when she could totally rock a ball gown as well as Kate Middleton, like the one she wore to a State Dinner in the Netherlands in 1958 by Sir Norman Hartnell.
And there are even more surprising outfits on display, including an ATS uniform Elizabeth wore during World War II, when she became the first female member of the royal family to join the Armed services.
But don’t get worried; there are also plenty of wool suits. Most notably, the yellow outfit designed by Angela Kelly that the queen wore at Will and Kate’s wedding in 2011. No, it wasn’t the outfit that attracted the majority of attention that day, but it has a certain dignity to it that we very much appreciate.
The exhibit, called “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen’s Wardrobe,” runs from July 23-August 31 and tickets are £21.50.