When you picture Queen Elizabeth, chances are you imagine the royal clad in a dramatic fur piece. And while she always looked fabulous, the fact remains — the Queen’s penchant for real fur was more than slightly controversial. But Queen Elizabeth is ready to make a change: She’ll reportedly no longer wear real fur. That doesn’t mean her aesthetic will undergo a major overhaul, though: The queen is all set to embrace fake fur in order to maintain her signature style.
The royal matriarch, who is 93, has certainly worn many, many pieces of real fur over many years — but this proves it’s never too late to make a conscious change. And while her fur collection has certainly ruffled a few feathers, we have to applaud the queen for making the decision to go fur-free.
The queen’s longtime dresser, Angela Kelly, revealed the queen’s commitment to going fur-free in her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe.
The change will go into effect this year. “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 writes in her book.
There’s a major push underway to replace the fur on the queen’s iconic wardrobe pieces with faux materials — however, some historical pieces may still contain bits of real fur. With that being said, the queen has already begun embracing faux fur, according to Kelly. The author highlights one particular ensemble the queen wore in 2008: The off-white tweed coat, which was originally trimmed in mink, now boasts faux fur elements instead.
Not surprisingly, PETA UK is quite pleased with the queen’s choice. “We’re raising a glass of gin and Dubonnet to the Queen’s compassionate decision to go fur-free. In 2019, no one can justify subjecting animals to the agony of being caged for life or caught in steel traps, electrocuted, and skinned for toxic fur items,” the organization tweeted.