The Queen has offered a glimpse at her more private style as she paid tribute to Prince Philip to mark what would have been the Duke’s 100th birthday today.
In photographs released last night of the poignant occasion, the Queen could be seen wearing a vibrant blue midi dress featuring tiny white flowers, which she paired with an unbuttoned white cardigan, which had been rolled up at the sleeves.
The outfit is a far cry from the Queen’s usual formal wear, with the royal renowned for her love of colourful coat dresses and matching hats.
The Queen, 95, made a rare casual appearance as she made a personal tribute to Prince Philip to mark what would have been the Duke’s 100th birthday today
In photographs released of the poignant occasion, the Queen opted for a white cardigan, rolled up at the sleeves, and a vibrant blue dress featuring tiny white flowers for the event.
She accessorised with a pair of her trusty pearl earrings and kept her makeup natural – adding just a pop of pink lipstick.
Meanwhile the royal also donned a set of dark sunglasses and could be seen carrying a colourful headscarf in her hands.
The Queen often works with her personal assistant and close friend, Angela Kelly to put together the perfect outfit for official engagements.
Angela’s full title is Her Majesty’s Personal Adviser and Curator (The Queen’s Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe), Senior Dresser and In-house Designer.
The Queen (pictured receiving the rose) has marked what would have been her beloved husband Prince Philip’s 100th birthday today with a touching memorial at Windsor Castle
The royal opted for a vibrant blue midi dress for the occasion, which she paired with a white cardigan and dark sunglasses
Angela rarely gives interviews but once disclosed: ‘We are two typical women. We discuss clothes, make-up, jewellery.’
The Queen values the opinion of her meticulous personal assistant and has gradually over the years given her free rein when helping her create a look for an event.
Angela is credited with keeping the Queen’s style relevant, and for adding a ‘touch of bling’.
Despite the Queen’s advancing years she has been prepared to embellish her style, under Angela’s direction, as a nod to modern times.
The Queen offered a glimpse into her off-duty style with the appearance, and could be seen carrying a colourful headscarf
Dressed in a pretty blue floral dress and pearls, topped off with a casual cream cardigan, the Queen (pictured) looked in good spirits
The monarch received the shrub last week from the aptly-named Keith Weed, President of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
The beautiful ‘Duke of Edinburgh‘ rose was planted in the East Terrace Garden which Her Majesty will be able to look out onto from her private rooms.
The deep pink commemorative perennial plant was officially named in memory of the Duke who died aged 99 on April 9.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme became one of Philip’s most remarkable achievements. Pictured, the Queen in her garden
Mr Weed told the Queen: ‘It’s a rose named the Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark his centenary and it’s a commemorative rose for all the marvellous things that he did over his lifetime and for everyone to remember so much that he did.”
The Queen replied: ‘It looks lovely’ before added that the tribute was ‘very kind’.
With the flower not in bloom as her presented it to The Queen, Mr Weed joked: ‘Right now with a cold Spring and nature being a bit behind it doesn’t look so lovely but that’s what it will look like’, pointing to a picture of the rose.
The deep pink commemorative perennial plant was officially named in memory of the Duke who died aged 99 on April 9 (pictured, the couple together as they marked their Diamond Wedding Anniversary)
The 95-year-old monarch watched as Windsor’s head gardener Philip Carter planted it at the front of the mixed rose border.
She remarked that after the cold May ‘nothing has flowered here much’.
Royalties from the flowers’ sale will go towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Living Legacy Fund, which helps young people take part in the scheme.