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Queen Elizabeth At 90: Her Royal Shoe Moments

One of the world’s most revered women is about to mark another major milestone. As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday Thursday, the world will be watching.

And Britain’s longest-reigning monarch — who stands out in her colorful coat dresses, hats and gloves — knows what works for her in the shoe department. The Queen’s footwear style is classic and elegant, and she often chooses black leather loafers with a small chunky heel that fit with most any outfit. She is also known for wearing the same pairs over and over, sometimes preferring to have them refreshed and reworked rather than acquire new shoes.

Queen Elizabeth World Trade Center 2010
Queen Elizabeth visits the World Trade Center site in New York in 2010.
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Over the years, the Queen has been loyal to a small group of brands, including Rayne, Anello & Davide and Stuart Weitzman.

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Queen Elizabeth II

While she is traditional in her day-to-day shoe attire, the Queen has certainly been at the center of some big shoe moments during her life. She got married to Prince Philip in Rayne’s satin sandals — designed by Norman Hartnell — in 1947. (The Queen Mother was also a fan of Rayne and Princesses Margaret and Anne and wore the label for their wedding days, too.)

The monarch stepped out in London on Monday
The monarch stepped out in London on Monday.
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Queen Elizabeth II wearing Anello & Davide shoes with horse-bit detail.
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After her coronation day in 1953, the Queen embarked on a major royal tour over the next two years. According to “Rayne, Shoes for the Stars,” a book published last year, the tour required over 100 dress changes, and the royal’s shoe wardrobe was full of white Rayne pumps and sandals.

As she began wearing more bright hues, Rayne offered up more black, beige and brown designs that wouldn’t compete with her ready-to-wear. Even today, it’s clear that the Queen is more willing to experiment with her festive hats and amazing jewelry than her tried-and-true shoes.

Stella McCartney receiving her Officer of the British Empire medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.
Stella McCartney receiving her Officer of the British Empire medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.
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Queen Elizabeth II.
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Queen Elizabeth II in 1960 at the Queen’s Jubliee
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Queen Elizabeth II in Bermuda in 1953.
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Queen Elizabeth II in 1957.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1951.
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Queen Elizabeth in Rayne shoes with Prince Phillip in 1947.
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Princess Margaret Rose, and Queen Elizabeth II in 1939.
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