Does Queen Elizabeth II Ever Wear the Same Outfit Twice?

We all know Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most fashionable royals. She always perfectly color-coordinated in bright neon colors with a hat and umbrella to match each and every outfit. But because she’s been in the public eye for so long and is photographed at every royal affair and engagement she attends many are wondering if she ever wears the same thing twice.

Here’s the answer to if Her Majesty wears the same outfit more than once, plus what she really does with all her old clothes.

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Some royals do recycle their outfits

It’s not unheard of for royals to wear the same thing more than once.

The queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, has and so has Prince Harry’s bride, Meghan Markle. And let’s not forget that Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, is known to recycle many of her outfits.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been photographed more times than any other royal recycling outfits she’s worn in the past. Whether it’s trousers or a blazer that went with an older outfit or the same exact dress she’s worn before, Middleton had proved that she certainly isn’t above rewearing the same thing on a number of different occasions.

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Left: Kate and William in Sydney in 2014. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images, Right: Kate at Wimbledon in 2016. | Anthony Devlin – WPA Pool/Getty Images

But how about her grandmother-in-law? Does Queen Elizabeth ever wear the same thing in public?

Does the queen wear her clothes more than once?

The queen has worn some of the same dresses more than once, but when she does it’s always planned. Like when she wore the same detailed pastel blue coat and matching dress during a visit to Malta at the Eden Foundation in Zetjun as well as Ladies Day At Royal Ascot in 2008.

The Telegraph noted that careful measures are in place to make sure Her Majesty doesn’t repeat outfits. Her dressing actually team logs each piece she wears and on what day to avoid repetition.

What she does with all her old clothes

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Even though the queen has worn some of her outfits more than once there comes a point when she, just like the rest of us, gets tired of something or it doesn’t fit her right anymore. So what exactly does the reigning monarch do with all her old clothes when she wants to get rid of them?

According to Brian Hoey’s book Not Infront of the Corgis, Her Majesty gives the pieces to her dressers and they can decide if they want to wear them or sell them. If they choose the latter though there is a strict condition they must follow before anything leaves their possession.

Hoey noted that it cannot be known that the articles of clothing once belonged to the queen and therefore “all of the labels found on the clothes are removed and anything that could possibly identify it as having come from royalty are obliterated.”

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