Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at 96 years old. After helming a 70-year reign, her passing marks the end of an era, having ruled through JFK’s assassination, the moon landing, Nelson Mandela’s presidency, decolonization, the birth of the Internet, Brexit, and the tenures of 15 prime ministers. She ascended the throne in 1952 at just 25 years old and held her position until her death seven decades later. Only one other monarch in history has sat on the throne longer than she has.
As one of the most visible public figures in the world, the Queen knew the importance of presentation. She opted for classic skirt suits and coat dresses for her royal duties, brilliant gowns for galas, and lavish regalia for speeches in Parliament. When spotted at home or outdoors, she’d often be dressed in earthy tones with a headscarf neatly tied under her chin….