The Real Reason the Queen Is Going Fur-Free

The Queen is taking a bold new step that many people are pleased with. Queen Elizabeth II will now wear outfits that are fur-free, or at least her outfits being made going forward will be. She will continue to wear outfits she already has with fur as well. Buckingham Palace announced the news to praise from many, but why has the Queen really made this choice now?

The Queen goes fur-free, well sort of

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II | Bethany Clarke/Getty Images

According to The Telegraph, a royal spokesperson said that, “As new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be fake.” This includes coats, hats, and even any ceremonial robes that are in need of fur will now be fake. However, the catch is that only the new garments will be faux and the Queen will continue to wear previous outfits that have real fur.

The author of The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen, The Dresser And The Wardrobe, Angela Kelly, who is also the Queen’s dressmaker and her close confidante, even explains the situation in her eye-opening memoir.

“If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm,” Kelly wrote. She even revealed that the coat the Queen wore in Slovakia in 2008 has actually been altered and the mink trim has been replaced with the fake variety.

The Queen’s move has been praised by activists

The Queen has been criticized before by animal rights charities and groups for wearing fur, so this new move has many activists happy about the step in a forward-thinking direction. The executive director of Humane Society International, Claire Bass, said: “We are thrilled that Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free. Queen Elizabeth’s decision to ‘go faux’ is the perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur, and want nothing to do with it. Our Head of State going fur-free sends a powerful message that fur is firmly out of fashion and does not belong with Brand Britain.”

“The UK banned fur farming almost two decades ago because it was deemed too cruel, now we must finish the job and ban fur sales too,” Bass continued. “We are calling on the British Government to follow Her Majesty’s example and make the UK the first country in the world to ban the sale of animal fur.”

The animal rights group PETA commented on the Queen’s choice as well. “The queen’s decision is in line with the many forward-thinking consumers, businesses and nations that are recognizing that innovative faux-fur fabrics are better for the environment and spare animals a miserable life and a bloody, painful death,” PETA said while also pressing for the Queen’s guard to stop wearing bearskin hats and instead use fake fur.

Why has the Queen decided to go fur-free?

So, why is the Queen making this choice now? It’s clearly a sign that the Royal Family is trying to give the public what it wants and changing along with the atmosphere of the people. The United Kingdom was the first country to ban fur farming in the world in 2000.

Numerous fashion houses, including Gucci, Armani, Calvin Klein, and Versace have chosen to discontinue real fur in their unique designs. The monarchy is clearly trying to catch up with the changing world, which it sometimes has a difficult time doing. This is a step in the right direction for the Royal Family and is a clear sign of changes being made for the people.