All of Queen Elizabeth’s public appearances are coordinated and deliberate, and that even includes the detail of what she wears. The 92-year-old has an incredibly colorful wardrobe, and she intentionally wears bright colors so royal fans can easily find her in a crowd.
The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, explained further in the documentary The Queen at 90.
“She needs to stand out for people to be able to say, ‘I saw the Queen.’ Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen’s hat as she went past,” Sophie said.
Today The Queen and other members of The Royal Family attended The Queen’s birthday parade on Horse Guards Parade – Trooping the Colour. This year, the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards were being "Trooped" and it was first time The Duke of York rode for the first time in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards – on a horse from the Royal Mews called Elizabeth. HRH rode alongside the other Royal Colonels, after taking over as Colonel from his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, in December 2017. The other Royal Colonels are The Princess Royal (riding as Colonel of the Blues and Royals), The Prince of Wales (riding as Colonel of the Welsh Guards) and The Duke of Cambridge (riding as Colonel of the Irish Guards). #Troopingthecolour ? PA
People Magazine is reporting that Queen Elizabeth had her first solo public outing this past week with her new granddaughter-in-law Meghan Markle, and she wore a Stewart Parvin lime green suit dress with a matching hat from Rachel Trevor Morgan.
It has been less than a month since Markle tied the knot with Prince Harry, and her outing with the Queen came tremendously fast compared to Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Sussex and Her Majesty attended three separate royal engagements in Cheshire, England, and pictures from the day seem to show that the two royals are already close friends.
The Queen speaks to Alan Titchmarsh after being shown a fountain in @westminsterabbeylondon's cloister garth to commemorate the tercentenary of the great 18th century landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Today The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, opened The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at @westiminsterabbeylondon. The new galleries are set more than 16m above the Abbey's floor in the medieval Triforium and have never been open to the public before. The gallery will showcase 300 treasures from the collection which spans its 1000 year history. After a tour of the galleries with The Dean of Westminster, The Queen and HRH met those involved in the restoration project. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries will open on 11 June.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl says that the fact the Queen and Markle had a day alone together so quickly shows how warmly the family has welcomed the American actress. She adds that is unprecedented for the Queen “to take such a new member of the royal family on the royal train.”
Nicholl says she did not do that for the Duchess of Cambridge, with the two instead traveling on a regular train in first class. Plus, it was over nine months after she wed Prince William before the Queen invited Middleton for her first “away day.”
The royal expert goes on to say that Markle should feel privileged that the Queen personally invited her to go on the outing and she is “extending an arm of friendship.” And, the Queen is also teaching and mentoring the Suits actress and showing her the royal ropes.
Nicholl says that it was fascinating to watch Markle and the Queen during their Cheshire visit because she noticed that Markle acted differently with Her Majesty than she does with Prince Harry. She believes Markle was more nervous with the Queen and was sure to watch her and take her lead.
Samantha Cohen, the longtime assistant private secretary of the Queen Elizabeth who just moved to Prince Harry’s office, was also along for the day to offer Markle guidance.