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The Queen’s fashion rules

Her Majesty’s wardrobe is unexpectedly stylish during her Canadian tour

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This is what 84 looks like! Queen Elizabeth II emerged with an unexpected fashion plate during her Canadian tour. Her playful colour sense—bubblegum pink and citron, lilac and apple green—telegraphs a joyful attitude and suggests inspiration from her American BFF, Michelle Obama. Clearly Her Maj is having a blast.

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Monday, June 28
Day 1, Arrival, Halifax
Ready for rain, the Queen’s colour coordination extends to her rain gear

Next: Tuesday

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Tuesday, June 29
Day 2, International Fleet Review, Halifax
Nautically appropriate in white and blue, the Queen takes her bows to the limit

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Tuesday, June 29
Day 2, Celebration of Nova Scotia, Halifax
Glowing in gold, Canada’s sovereign pairs a glistening brocade jacket—adorned with a new maple-leaf brooch—and a flirty skirt

Next: Wednesday

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Wednesday, June 30
Day 3, Leaving Halifax
A celery-hued hat and jacket, topping a floral skirt, brings a fresh approach to the traditional garden walkabout

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Wednesday, June 30
Day 3, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
The monarch masters the art of standing out without appearing garish

Next: Thursday

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Thursday, July 1
Day 4, Canada Day, Ottawa
Her designer apparently Panatone-matched her outfit to the flag. A blingy maple-leaf brooch completes the nationalist display.

Next: Friday

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Friday, July 2
Day 5, Ottawa, with Michael Ignatieff
For a tête-à-tête with the Liberal leader, the Queen exuded a queen-mumsy vibe in a floral frock

Next: Saturday

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Saturday, July 3
Day 6, Leaving Ottawa for Winnipeg
Again riffing on a garden theme, this outfit combines lilac with apple green accents and what seems to be a spray of chives on the hat

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Saturday, July 3
Day 6, Arrival in Winnipeg
A mid-air costume change ups the lilac wattage

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Saturday, July 3
Day 6, Winnipeg
Never shrinking in the face of steamy temperatures, Elizabeth II dazzles in a hot pink-and-chrome yellow cabbage-flower dress, equaled by a spectacular two-tone chapeau

Next: Sunday

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Sunday, July 4
Day 7, Toronto
Cool and fresh in aquatic colours at the start of a humid day

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Sunday, July 4
Day 7, Queen’s Plate, Toronto
The flashes of colour on the hat and embroidered skirt, add a little heat to the cool turquoise silk outfit

Next: Monday

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Monday, July 5
Day 8, Research In Motion, Waterloo
The Queen wears a dramatically festooned hat to avoid being “just another suit” during a tour of RIM’s factory

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Monday, July 5, 2010
Day 8, Official dinner, Toronto
Who else can get away with mixing a crystal maple-leaf encrusted gown with priceless family gems, dating back a century? Only Elizabeth II, a.k.a. the “ice queen.”

Next: Tuesday

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Day 9, Farewell in Toronto