Another fun benefit of being Queen Elizabeth II, it turns out, is that you don't have to wear in your own shoes. In a new interview with The Sunday Times, the queen's go-to designer Stewart Parvin revealed that the queen has assistance in the shoe department:
"[The shoes] have to be immediately comfortable . . . She does get someone to wear them. The Queen can never say, ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more.’ She has the right to have someone wear them in."
Um, that's amazing. Parvin, who designs those bright coat-and-dress combos the queen loves so much, also revealed that a royal team documents every outfit Queen Elizabeth II wears by name. Says Parvin:
"Every dress has got a name — we’ll get that in an email. It’s the only way we know which is which. There is one called Buttercup, which is a really popular one. So they can ask, ‘Have you got Buttercup?’ ‘Oh it’s that yellow dress!’ The one thing that she likes, so she wears it a lot.
“Then they catalogue where the outfit has been worn — so if she was going to meet President [Barack] Obama, she wouldnt wear the same dress. That’s why people will think she wears things once, because there’s such a system.”
Hm, we wonder which one is "Buttercup"... could it her Royal Wedding outfit?
Despite her seemingly high-maintenance wardrobe habits, we love that the Queen is cool with a bit of outfit repeating. She just recently re-wore a magenta and black dress and the coordinating hat this month, having donned the exact same outfit two months earlier at her first Diamond Jubilee event.
Get more behind-the-scenes dish on the queen -- including why she wears bright colors and her secret shoulder pad trick -- in this weekend's Sunday Telegraph.
See Queen Elizabeth II's best outfits ever in the vintage pics below!
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