Platinum Jubilee: How Queen Elizabeth II found ‘classic look’ as a young monarch in 1952


As part of a series celebrating the Platinum Jubilee after 70 incredible years on the throne, we look back at some standout styles from the year Princess Elizabeth became our Queen

Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Film Performance in Leicester Square, London

Aged just 25 when she acceded to the throne in 1952 the new Queen was as glamorous as any Hollywood star – with added royal stardust.

She quickly found her feet in fashion as she landed suddenly in the global spotlight.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward says: “The Queen looked more glamorous than most stars of the day. Her couturier told me she had a 21-inch waist, giving an incredibly glamorous silhouette.

“The look back then was much more dramatic. Darker colors and fabrics including fine lace and cashmere, and nearly always a diamond brooch.

“She often wore open-toed shoes and long suede gloves, as well as the elegant little hats with a small veil pushed back from the face.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Nairobi during the royal tour of Kenya
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The Queen and Prince Philip in Kenya
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“She found a classic look that came to be very distinctly hers.”

Now, as part of a series celebrating the Platinum Jubilee after 70 incredible years on the throne, we look back at some standout styles from the year Princess Elizabeth became our Queen…

Queen Elizabeth II leaves the ceremony site after opening the Claerwen reservoir and dam
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Satin Dress

Her Majesty wows crowds of 20,000 as she arrives for a film in London’s Leicester Square.

She accessorized with the fabulous Dorset Bow Brooch and long gloves.

full swing dress

Her majesty wears the dress with a fun bow in Nairobi.

Her pearls, white gloves and peep-toe shoes worked beautifully with it.

Queen Elizabeth II, wearing white gloves, and The Duchess of Norfolk
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white gloves

From her car, the monarch’s wave displays the detailing of her white gloves.

Adorned with three buttons, they are beautifully made. Her hat and patterned dress are also chic and of the time.

Polka-dot circle dress

Stepping out of a car in Nairobi, Princess Elizabeth embraces the fashion of the day, with a polka-dot circle dress and a fine belt to accentuate her tiny waist.

She is ladylike as ever, with covered shoulders and peep-toe shoes.

Princess Elizabeth arriving at St Andrews church in Nairobi
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tea dress

Alongside her husband in Kenya, Princess Elizabeth wears an elegant up-do and a classic tea dress along with a pearl necklace, a staple throughout her life.

peep-toe shoes

The monarch braves the grass with white peep-toe shoes at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

She also wears gloves, a crown cap and belted tea dress.

The Queen wears white peep-toe shoes at the Royal Windsor Horse Show
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Queen Elizabeth II is pictured visiting the Regimental Depot of the Dorset Regiment
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dress coat

During a Dorset Regiment visit, the subtle hues of the Queen’s dress coat, peep-toe shoes and cloche hat are perfect.

Her accessories, not least a colorful lipstick, add a touch of charm.

coat dress

Arriving at Cardiff Civic Center during a coronation visit to Wales, the Queen shows off her accessories – pearls, gloves, small hat and peep-toe shoes.

The young monarch is finding her style.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Cardiff Civic Center during her coronation visit to Wales
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dress coat

Opening the Claerwen reservoir and dam, the Queen wears Welsh red – the first of many royal fashion nods to places being visited.

polka dot dress

Dressed in pretty polka dots, Princess Elizabeth is developing the famous handbag look, which would remain a feature of her fashion choices throughout her reign.

Here, she wears a polka-dot dress
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Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret (behind) meet some of the models who took part in a fashion show at Claridges Hotel in London on November 12 1952
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dark coat

She matches it with a trademark brooch and peep-toe shoes to meet models at a fashion show in London’s Claridge’s hotel.

pleated skirt

Watching her son Prince Charles, who is just three years old, play with his toy car, the new Queen is elegant with a tidy up-do and pleated skirt in picture-perfect teal, almost matching the paintwork.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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