I've mentioned my soft spot for the Queen before. My grandmother was a confirmed Royalist--when she passed away we found she had saved all kinds of clippings from Queen Elizabeth's life, from her wedding, to her coronation and visits abroad. So I suppose she represents a tie to Grandma Rosie who passed away 25 years ago. I think she would love to know that while many things have changed, the Queen still reigns.
And the Queen's style hasn't altered much in her 86 years. The prim handbags, the colorful suits, floral prints, a string of pearls, sensible shoes, the headscarf and, oh, those fantastic hats! Here's sartorial salute to Her Majesty's signature style along with a few fun facts courtesy of The Mirror and the official Diamond Jubilee website.
When her father unexpectedly became King, Princess Margaret, then six, said to her: "Does that mean you are going to be Queen? Poor you."
Many sent then-Princess Elizabeth clothing coupons for her wedding dress during post-war rationing in 1947. She returned them as it was illegal to give them away.
Her robes were so heavy at her Coronation that she asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to giver her a push, saying: "Get me started."
She has owned over 30 corgis during her reign and her breakfast tray always includes a plate of biscuits for her dogs.
The Queen signals to staff with her handbag. If she wants to leave a dinner in five minutes, she puts her handbag on the table. She moves it from arm to arm to tell aides she is tired of talking to someone.
She was a big fan of 1970s cop show Kojak, which starred Telly Savalas.
The Queen has answered around three and a half million items of correspondence.
In 60 years The Queen has undertaken 261 official overseas visits, including 96 State Visits, to 116 different countries.
An avid reader, she loves crime thrillers from P.D. James, Agatha Christie and Dick Francis.
No word on how many hats she's owned through the years. But I'll be doffing my hat to HRH this weekend and raising a Pimm's Cup in her honor.
God save the Queen!