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The Queen’s most festive Christmas Day style

In an ordinary Christmas season, there are two questions that would keep cropping up in the countdown to the big day. What colour will the Queen choose for her Christmas Day speech and what shade will she select for her visit to church for the festive service that brings together her whole family at Sandringham. We can still speculate on the speech (and we will, don’t worry) but the coat and hat for the Christmas morning celebrations are off the table as the Royal Family spend the big day apart, just like millions around the UK.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will mark the season privately at Windsor Castle where they have been bubbled since late autumn as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Instead, Royal Central brings you a selection of the Queen’s most memorable Christmas Day morning style moments.

Festive red

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The Queen’s most recent Christmas Day morning outfit was in the most festive colour of all. Her Majesty chose a bright red coat with accents on the collar and pockets with a matching hat for the festive service in 2019.

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Bright red boucle was the order of the day in 2009 when the Queen wore a coat with crossover detail round the neckline and a feather trimmed hat which was more than eye catching.

The Green Queen

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Green and red go together at Christmas like trees and tinsel but the Queen is less keen to go green when it comes to festive fashion. However, the shade has a special link with her Christmas plans this year as she wore green the last time she celebrated the season at Windsor, back in 1987. This loose fitting coat with a hint of swing was matched with a hat that looked as if it could have come straight out of the wardrobe of her sister, Princess Margaret.

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There was another burst of bright green the following year as the Queen gathered her family around her at Sandringham for the festive season in a set up that would become the norm for over three decades until the pandemic intervened. This 1988 pick is reminiscent of the Queen’s signature style at the time with a boxy coat and mid size hat.

Midwinter Frost

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The early years of the 21st century saw the Queen opt for paler, wintrier combinations for Christmas Day church. In 2011, Her Majesty opted for a winter white, textured coat in a simple style with a quirky hat in matching fabric.

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Winter white made a reappearance in 2018 when the Queen chose a striking hat trimmed with feathers. Her matching coat was edged in that most regal colour of all, purple. Well, this is Christmas with The Queen, after all.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.