If you've been watching the throne over the past, say, 90 years or so, you've probably noticed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II knows how to make an entrance. Over the course of hundreds of state dinners and charity events, England's longest-reigning monarch has amassed a collection of couture suits, evening gowns, and more—many of which will be on display at the queen's three residences next year.
Throughout 2016, the UK’s Royal Collection Trust is putting on “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe,” the biggest exhibit ever of the queen’s clothing. The event will include outfits, including accessories and jewelry, that she wore from the 1920s onward, from her childhood to the present day.
Queen Elizabeth II in Australia in 1954. Image Credit: Getty Images
It will mostly focus on ceremonial dress—outfits she donned for weddings, state visits, royal tours, and the like. Windsor Castle will also put costumes she wore for palace pantomimes during World War II on display.
Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953. Image Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images
In addition, the exhibit will explore the queen's support of fashion designers like Sir Norman Hartnell, Ian Thomas, and Sir Hardy Amies.
Elizabeth in 2014. Image Credit: Getty Images
The Royal Collection Trust hasn’t released images of the display items just yet, but we can only assume that the collection will include more than a few fancy hats.
[h/t: The Telegraph]