A new book on Queen Elizabeth II’s life has revealed that she does her own makeup. The lady is an inspiration to people all around the world, and her style and beauty are some of the things that make her iconic. Now, with this new information, it’s even more mind-blowing to know that she does it all herself.
The Queen is known for her distinct personal style. For those who have been following her decades-long rule, they know the royal lady’s usual fashion choices. While the clothing and makeup have changed to adapt to the trends of the time and her appearance as she ages, there still is a unique look she abides by. Now that we know she does her own makeup, it makes more sense that she was able to keep such a consistent personal style over the years; her looks are all created by her!
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Today, The Queen undertook a day of engagements in Cambridge. In the morning, Her Majesty visited NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) to mark their 100th anniversary. The Queen was met by the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird, as well as The Bishop of Ely, Stephen Conway, and Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite. At NIAB, which The Queen first visited in 1969 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Her Majesty viewed an exhibition celebrating 100 years of crop research and learned about the new building facilities. She met staff and patients and then moved to the glasshouse, where she met NIAB plant breeders, viewed plants and learned about research work to improve yield and crop resilience. At the conclusion of the visit, The Queen planted a tree outside the building. NIAB chairman Jim Godfrey offered to plant the official tree for her but Her Majesty said, handing her handbag to a lady-in-waiting: "No, no, I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree!". Long serving staff member Teresa Stratton then presented The Queen with a posy with roses, chrysanthemums and wheat. The Queen wore a hot pink silk coat and dress by Angela Kelly and The Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch. NIAB is one of Britain’s oldest, and fastest growing, crop science research centres. The National Institute of Agricultural Botany, as it was originally known, was founded in 1919 as a charitable trust, to promote the improvement of British crops. NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors. King George V and Queen Mary were the first members of the Royal Family to visit NIAB, opening a new building on Huntingdon Road on 14th October 1921. King George VI became NIAB’s first Patron, followed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. ———————— After the visit, The Queen continued by car to Queens’ College, of which she is Patroness, where she took lunch as a guest of the college and met staff and graduates.
Angela Kelly is the Queen’s good friend and long-time dressmaker. She’s responsible for many of the iconic looks we have seen over the years. In her latest book, “The Other Side of the Coin: the Queen, the Dresser, and the Wardrobe,” Kelly revealed that the Queen prefers to do her makeup herself all the time. For any public appearance, the royal sits down in her own vanity table after getting dressed to do her own makeup.
The only time of the year the Queen opts for a makeup artist is her yearly Christmas speech. Residents of the UK and many people around the world always look forward to her speech, so there’s even more eyes on her than usual. Ever since the speech began to be televised, the Queen has asked a professional to do her makeup. It’s a good move; after all, makeup for TV is very different from how one would do their makeup on a day-to-day basis.
Everywhere we look today, there’s a reverence for beauty gurus. Whether they started on YouTube or are well-known makeup artists for celebrities, everyone has become enamoured with this world of makeup, glam, and beauty. What we didn’t know, however, is that one of the most iconic figures in the history of our time was a beauty guru all along. She knows how to do her own makeup perfectly. With that, we’ll all be waiting for a makeup tutorial by the Queen herself!