Inside the Queen's colour-coded clothing strategy

Could the Queen be expressing messages through the colours of her clothing?

We all choose our outfits to reflect the events we go to, but a new book reveals the Queen makes her fashion choices by colour - to reflect the type of event she attends.

Fashion journalist and author, Sali Hughes has spent the last 10 years researching the Queen's fashion choices when she makes public appearances. "Our Rainbow Queen" takes a deep dive into the monarch's favour of bold colour choices, and analyses the pattern of what colours and designs she wears to each event. 

"I'm very intrigued by the fact that the Queen can never express opinion. She never complains, never explains," Sali quips. "I'm interested in how people express themselves to the outside world, and one of the way the Queen can do that is through her clothing."

Although, Sali reveals that the Queen could never afford to dress high end, as it would weaken the Queen's message of duty. "Princess Margaret was high fashion, but the Queen couldn't do that. She would nod to trends, but she would never follow trends."

This is where the bold colour choices and patterns come in, where the Queen can express her moods and personality. Along with choosing bold block colours, the Queen will choose her acessories to reflect the theme of the event. 

"What I have discovered about the Queen is that there are no mistakes; there are no accidents," Sali reveals. "Everything is forensically thought of, considered and documented, and her memory is outstanding. She does not forget who gave her something, and she doesn't forget the meaning it has.

"Nothing is an accident," Sali affirms. 

The Queen's detail is even noticed in international events, where you'll rarely see her in colours that reflect a particular country. "You generally wouldn't wear a colour that has any political connotations," she says. "If something is a multinational event, you wouldn't wear a colour that expressed favouritism toward one naton. For example, if you went to the Olympics, you wouldn't wear red, white and blue."

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