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Her Majesty’s Legacy
January 10, 2023
Queen Elizabeth II represents British culture and dignity that can be admired by all. As time passed, she kept up with the changing times, modernizing British royalty while still maintaining English traditions.
Throughout her 70 year reign, she witnessed a great deal of history and made her own history as well. Among her many milestones and accomplishments is the first royal walkabout.
In 1970, Queen Elizabeth II conducted the first walkabout in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, royals were made to stay in the car and simply wave. One day, the queen ditched this rule. She walked through the streets, weaving her way through the crowd and greeting everyone personally.
Her Majesty the Queen soon became known for her sociability. She had friends all over the world, including Princess Sarvath El Hassen of Jordan, former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Meghan Markle, despite the controversy she brought about. Her closest friend, though, was most likely Angela Kelly, her personal dresser.
Angela Kelly served as the Queen’s wardrobe curator and designer since 2002, helping her to establish what would become her style of the millennium. As the queen aged, she embraced brighter hues, never compromising her lively disposition for trends. She wore monochromatic skirt suits with accessories to match. Among these accessories was her extensive hat collection. With this signature look, people could catch even the slightest glimpse of her eccentric hat and could say they saw the queen.