Queen Elizabeth II is one of the world’s most admired women, a leader who has seen countless historic events and survived dozens of tragedies. The monarch recently took a step back from the spotlight as she mourns the recent passing of her husband Prince Philip.

Yet she continues to work hard to rule the nation, and many across the world are united in their admiration for her grace and dignity. Even though the queen is a serious ruler, she is also known as a true style icon. Recently, her longtime stylist opened up about some of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite things, including the custom shoes she’s relied on for many years.

Queen Elizabeth works closely with a stylist

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Many public figures choose to work with a stylist to create a cohesive image for appearances and assignments. Queen Elizabeth II is no exception. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth worked with a personal designer named Angela Kelly for decades, with Kelly becoming a close personal friend of the monarch over time.

Kelly has designed many of the Queen’s looks over the years, including the yellow outfit Queen Elizabeth wore to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Although there are strict style rules associated with the royal family that Kelly must respect, that doesn’t stop her from having fun with the queen’s outfits, and many fans expressed their appreciation for Queen Elizabeth’s brightly colored costumes and dresses.

What personalized shoes has Queen Elizabeth worn for decades?

Queen Elizabeth likes to play around with color palettes for her clothes, but when it comes to her shoes, she definitely sticks to her favorites. A recent report from Page Six broke down some of the Queen’s top accessory choices, including the same style of shoes she’s worn consistently for decades. The publication notes that the queen loves Anello & Davide’s shoes, opting for the understated black leather style and featuring a buckle to the front, as well as a low heel.

Page Six reports that Kelly also talked about the Queen’s favorite shoes, writing in her book “As has been widely reported in the press, a lackey wears Her Majesty’s shoes to ensure they are comfortable and that she’s always ready to go.” … and yes, I am that lackey.

Queen Elizabeth has a penchant for classic accessories

Queen Elizabeth II likes her shoes to be in a neutral hue, but when it comes to her other accessories, the monarch usually chooses to stand out. Royal experts have pointed out that there is a very good reason why the Queen usually wears bright colors – when attending a major public event, she needs to be easily visible in a crowd, to the crowd as well as to his security team and other members of the royal family.

She’ll often match her handbag to her outfit, and Page Six reports that the Queen will sometimes even have an umbrella designed to match her chosen clothes if the weather calls for rain. Queen Elizabeth also likes to wear a classic three-row pearl necklace and can often be seen wearing one at formal events and engagements. Apparently, it’s because of a gift her father gave her when she was just a young girl. Pearls took on sentimental value for the monarch, and these days she is rarely seen without her signature piece of jewelry.

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