The Queen has a knack for developing and sticking to a signature style.
One such look? Her love of silk headscarves, which she often dons as part of her sportier, day-out-and-about styling.
The Queen has a knack for developing and sticking to a signature style. Be it her bright, monochrome sets, her go-to shoes, or her affinity for hats, Her Majesty undeniably has her aesthetic down pat. One such look? Her love of silk headscarves, which she often dons as part of her sportier, day-out-and-about styling. For decades, these squares of silk have been a wardrobe essential. And when it comes to scarves, there's one brand in particular that has earned a special place in the Queen's heart: Hermès.
It's something of a natural match; the brand was founded by harness-maker Thierry Hermès in 1837 and continued specializing in equestrian gear for decades, while Elizabeth herself has been a lifelong lover of horses and riding. Indeed, you almost never see her at one of her much-beloved Royal Windsor Horse Shows without one of the French fashion house's artfully screen-printed scarves protecting her hair.
While the brand didn't begin producing silk scarves until 1937, the style catapulted into iconic status quickly, gathering the devotion of stars and tastemakers alike, from Audrey Hepburn to Jackie Kennedy. The Queen's own collection is believed to be a mix of vintage pieces as well as custom options, but there can be no doubt that she maintains a special relationship with the brand—they even released a limited-edition scarf in honor of her 90th birthday in 2016.
Of course, Elizabeth isn't the only royal to embrace the love of Hermès silk scarves. Like her queenly sister, Princess Margaret often sported the look and even wore one on a postage stamp. Likewise, Monaco's Grace Kelly was an avowed fan—a fact that came in handy when she used one as an impromptu sling for her arm after an injury at Aristotle Onassis’s yacht party.
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