Flickr, the online photo sharing destination, just got a royal makeover. The British Monarchy launched a collection of albums on the site today that show a sartorial side of the Queen and her legion of relatives.
While there are a conspicuously limited number of photos of Lady Di, the famed royal fashion icon, the albums do offer a glimpse into the vintage styles of an elegant young Queen Elizabeth. Before her trademark brightly-colored hats and matching cloaks, the Queen Mum, mixed subtle tones with chunky accessories, with the help of her personal attendant turned stylist Margaret McDonald and go-to couturier Hardy Amies. "He was made official dress maker in 1955 and remained her chief dress maker for almost half a century, designing some of the Queen's most famous gowns," notes British fashion writer, Lena Weber.
The result was a timeless look that still inspires designers and fashion dictators of today. "The shift dress and prominent brooch she wore in the early 60's reminds me of the kind of thing Michelle Obama would wear today," says Leah Chernikoff of Fashionista.com. "It's right out of Maria Pinto's line, one of the First Lady's favorite designers."
Elizabeth isn't the only stylish ruler in the albums. Photos of her daughter and nieces, from the 60's through to today, prove that Wales' famed women deserve a little more credit in the fashion department. "Chic isn't the first thing you think of when you think of the royal family," says Chernikoff. "But these archive pictures prove that Di wasn't the only one in the family with style."