7 Decades of Queen Elizabeth's Rainbow Style: See Her Most Colorful Outfits Through the Years

Britain's longest-reigning monarch wore every color in the rainbow. A look back at Queen Elizabeth's boldest, most colorful outfits of the past 70 years

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Over the course of her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II took to wearing brightly-hued ensembles. The monarch wore every color in the rainbow — and it was for a good reason.

In the documentary, The Queen at 90, the Queen's daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, said: "She needs to stand out for people to be able to say 'I saw the Queen.' Don't forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen's hat as she went past."

Check out the Queen's colorful collection of clothes through the years.

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Red-y or not, here comes Queen Elizabeth! She sported this bold hue while taking a tea break with hospital staff during her visit to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

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While visiting HMS Queen Elizabeth at Her Majesty's Naval Base, the monarch sported a red ensemble with a black collar, and accessorized with a ruby brooch and floral hat.

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Queen Elizabeth sported this deep red ensemble with sharing a laugh with her late husband, Prince Philip.

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Queen Elizabeth wore this gorgeous, deep red tweed number while greeting the Emir of Qatar in Windsor.

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The Queen wore this festive, red coat and matching hat while thanking local volunteers and essential workers for their work amid the COVID-19 pandemic and over the Christmas holiday.

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Next to Prince Philip in his whites, the queen stood out in her red patterned look while arriving in Kiribati during a tour of the South Pacific.

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Orange you glad that the monarch wasn't afraid to wear a bold, orange hue after Christmas Service at Windsor Castle in 1980?

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She wore a similar, burnt orange hue while attending a polo match in Windsor, this time accessorizing with a scarf.

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Queen Elizabeth matched her pillbox hat to her coat while out in London in 1977.

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The Queen made a statement in a bold, sparkly evening gown while aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for a banquet in Singapore.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a more muted orange ensemble alongside her sister, Princess Margaret, at the Epsom Derby in 1979.

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The Queen wore a smile almost as bright as her outfit while attending the QIPCO British Champions Day racing meet at Ascot Racecourse.

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The monarch wore a gingham dress and matching hat while attending the recommissioning ceremony for HMS Invincible, adding a light orange coat to complete the look.

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She added pops of blue to her yellow outfit while attending the Royal Ascot in 2018.

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Queen Elizabeth looked cheery in a bold yellow ensemble while visiting Canada in 1990.

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Queen Elizabeth visited Pakistan in 1997, wearing a sunny, yellow, polka dot number (and going without shoes) while visiting the Shah Faisal Mosque.

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It wasn't the first time that the Queen wore yellow polka dots: she wore a similar outfit in Mexico in 1975.

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She wore the pattern again, this time in a slight muted tone, while in Brisbane, Australia, on her Jubilee Tour.

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Her Majesty the Queen looked lovely in a green and pink floral outfit while attending a luncheon alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Queen ushered in the arrival of spring in March 2021 when she wore this pastel green outfit, adding yellow lilies to her hat.

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Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth. Karwai Tang/WireImage

For her first solo outing with daughter-in-law Meghan Markle, the Queen chose a lime green suit dress and matching hat.

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The Queen matched her green dress with a bold hat by Simone Mirman, adding white accessories to complete the look while arriving at a polo match in Windsor.

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Queen Elizabeth ll is greeted by the public during a walkabout in Barbados on November 01, 1977 in Barbados
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While visiting Barbados in 1977, Queen Elizabeth wore a green, patterned dress with pearl embellishments on the shoulder.

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While posing for a photo with her many dogs at Sandringham, the Queen wore an emerald green suit dress.

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The Queen wore a classic skirt-suit while at Balmoral Castle in 1952.

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She wore this elegant, sequined, forest green gown to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's 70th birthday.

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In 1954, Queen Elizabeth donned a stunning green evening gown while visiting Melbourne, Australia, making us green with envy.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament on October 02, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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She wore a similar hue while opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament in 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Queen Elizabeth donned a festive green ensemble while attending Christmas services in 1987.

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Queen Elizabeth II visits the set of the long running television series Coronation Street, on July 8, 2021 in Manchester, England
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The Queen wore a feather in her cap and a turquoise outfit while visiting the set of the long-running TV series Coronation Street.

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While celebrating the Queen Mother's birthday in 1990, Queen Elizabeth wore a flashy, floral print dress outside Clarence House.

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The Queen smiled in 2021 as she donned a robin egg blue ensemble while attending the Royal Ascot in London.

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The monarch stood out during the Trooping the Colour in 2008, as she posed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her grandson, Prince Harry, daughter Princess Anne, son, Prince Edward, and husband Prince Philip.

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While celebrating her Golden Jubilee in 2002, Queen Elizabeth chose a light blue that nicely complemented her eyes.

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The Queen And The Duke Of Cambridge Attend The Ceremony of the Keys
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In 2021, Queen Elizabeth wore a sky-blue ensemble while inspecting members of the armed forces at the Ceremony of the Keys in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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While on her tour of Portugal in 1985, Queen Elizabeth wore a solid blue coat that matched her patterned hat.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the day of their 50th wedding anniversary in Westminster, London, UK, 20th November 1997
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She's got her something blue! The Queen wore this blue outfit on her 50th wedding anniversary celebration to Prince Philip in 1997.

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The Queen Attending The Maundy Service At Chichester Cathedral. She Is Receiving Flowers During A Walkabout With Her Lady-in-waiting, The Duchess Of Grafton Standing Behind.
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The particular shade of blue is a popular one for the British monarch — they don't call it royal blue for nothing!

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Queen Elizabeth wore royal blue again while attending a service of Thanksgiving to mark the centenary of The Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey alongside her daughter, Princess Anne, who wore a bright purple ensemble.

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Why so blue!? While on a tour of New Zealand in 1970, Queen Elizabeth wore a royal blue, patterned dress while smiling alongside one of her corgis.

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While visiting the naval base in Portsmouth in 2017, Queen Elizabeth stood out in a brilliant purple outfit.

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In 2006, she attended the annual Trooping the Colour in a deep purple outfit.

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Pretty in pink! This bright magenta outfit, complete with hot pink feathers in the cap, made a statement while the Queen visited the HMS Ocean in 2015.

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While riding in a carriage with her mother in 1990, the Queen wore a lovely lavender outfit.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at the 2012 Braemar Highland Gathering. Indigo/Getty

While at the Braemar Highland Gathering, Queen Elizabeth shared a laugh with her son, Prince Charles, while wearing a light lavender outfit, matching the ribbon on her hat to her ensemble.

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While visiting Malta with Prince Philip in 1951, the monarch wore a pale purple, beaded gown and fur stole, accessorizing with elbow-length white gloves and plenty of diamonds.

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The Queen looked pretty in pale pink when she wore this one-shouldered gown with her family's orders and orders of her kingdom.

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The Queen blended in with the flowers in a soft pink sweater while looking at a display of roses at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

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The Queen posed with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle in 2021, looking ready for tea time in her floral dress and bubblegum pink hat.

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Queen Elizabeth II Opening Ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Senedd, Cardiff
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Queen Elizabeth chose this dusty rose color for her trip to Cardiff, Wales, in 2021.

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While visiting Mexico in 1975, Queen Elizabeth wore a tropical-print, short-sleeve dress.

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The queen wore a magenta suit dress while visiting Wales (and accepting a birthday cake!) in 1989.

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The Queen marked 500 years of the Royal Mail delivery service with this vivid pink look in 2016.

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Queen Elizabeth II official arrival at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, UK - 09 Aug 2021
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Queen Elizabeth wore a bright pink coat over a floral dress, accenting her look with brightly colored flowers in her hat in 2021 while arriving at Balmoral Castle.

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