There are many things we love about our monarch, including her bright and colourful style. The Queen is a leading example in proving you can look smart and sophisticated while wearing loud colours – there are no navy shift dresses or black pencil skirts in sight here.
The Queen has displayed her rainbow wardrobe while out and about on royal duties, including everything from the sunniest of yellows to the brightest of blues. We rarely see Her Majesty in black outfits, apart from when she’s in mourning or marking a sad anniversary, of course. But there’s one colour in particular you won’t see the Queen wearing – beige.
In his biography of the Queen, journalist Robert Hardman recalls the moment Her Majesty revealed why she avoids the colour on clothes. He writes: ‘My favourite remark she ever said was, “I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am.”‘
We can’t imagine anyone not knowing who the Queen is! Although, it makes sense that she should stand out in a crowd for more reasons than one. Sophie Wessex, who’s married to the Queen’s son Prince Edward, explained why the monarch opts for a bright colour palette in the documentary Our Queen at Ninety.
‘Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, ten, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen’s hat as she went past,’ she said.
‘She needs to stand out for people to be able to say “I saw the Queen”.’
With that in mind, we can understand why the Queen avoids beige colourways of clothes. If you’re a fan of the Queen’s wardrobe, keep an eye out for this Sunday’s edition of YOU, where we explore the Queen’s colourful style.