A woman whose views were never heard, Queen Elizabeth II deployed fashion as a means to communicate and signal her position to the crowds who gathered to see her in public and the millions who watched her television broadcasts: “I must be seen to be believed,” she said. The Queen’s evolving attitude to dress reflected a visual landscape that started as genteel reportage in black and white and over the years developed into a 24/7 live-streamed news cycle, flashed around the world in seconds and driven by social media. Through it all, Elizabeth II’s style was an extension of all she represented as Queen; it was stoical and cautious yet dazzling and majestic. The Queen: 70 Years of Majestic Style celebrates the fashion evolution of Elizabeth II and takes a look at an unrivalled archive of unique fashion moments that bear testament to the care and consideration the Queen took in looking the part for a role like no other.
Bethan Holt is the fashion news and features director at The Telegraph, and has contributed to Us Weekly and People magazine—writing about royal style is her professional obsession. She has appeared on the BBC, Sky, Channel 4, and ITV talking about royal fashion, as well as on numerous podcasts including Royally Obsessed, and was shortlisted for Fashion Journalist of the Year at the 2018 and 2019 Press Awards. Her previous book is The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style.