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The Queen overdressed.

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Charlotta Tue 07-Feb-12 10:05:42

AIBU to think that the Queen was overdressed to visit a primary school? When you think of the dressmakers and money at her disposal, she could have been given something more flattering to an 85 year old .

harrigran Tue 07-Feb-12 10:13:48

Yes. Whatever the Queen wears is fine, she is allowed.

GoldenGran Tue 07-Feb-12 10:15:17

I think she looks great, much softer and prettier than in the past.

HildaW Tue 07-Feb-12 10:23:46

Charlotta, short answer is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Butternut Tue 07-Feb-12 10:26:51

Saw a picture of her smiling, and thought how nice she looked. Didn't notice what she was wearing.

gracesmum Tue 07-Feb-12 10:30:49

She just has her own style - dress and coat, hat and pearls and I think she (usually) looks lovely. The Queen Mum used to wear even more formal outfits but again, her style!. The only times I have really disliked what the Queen is seen in has been when somebody has tried to "update" her.
Good on yer, yer Madge- know what you like!!

JessM Tue 07-Feb-12 10:47:38

She has 2 styles doesnt she. Work wear and the headscarf and country gentry look that she wears when she is off duty. And if anyone dare tell her to ride in a helmet they would get a flea in their ear I guess.
I thought the pic on the beeb website yesterday was funny though. There she was in her usual weddingy look talking to a row of people in the most amazing array of hand knitted wooly hats. I hope Q was not cold.
Not a royalist but I admire her professionalism and staying power. And feel sorry for her having to always put job first - for 60 years! Astounding isn't it. What a trooper.

Annobel Tue 07-Feb-12 10:55:43

Why should anyone have to dress 'her age'? This is an out-dated concept nowadays.

bagitha Tue 07-Feb-12 11:26:18

The queen has a nice smile. I don't care what she wears; whatever it is it'll be right enough not to matter, whether I like it or not. And she is well-rewarded for the job she was brought up to do so I never feel sorry for her.

whatisamashedupphrase Tue 07-Feb-12 11:36:18

She always looks fantastic. People expect it of her anway! She's the QUEEN FGS! I'll bet the little kids loved it.

harrigran Tue 07-Feb-12 11:50:09

Hear, hear whatis kids love Queens and Princesses. I still talk about the day I saw the Queen, when I was seven, even though I have had lunch with her as an adult.

absentgrana Tue 07-Feb-12 11:58:09

When Princess Margaret visited my school in the 1960s, the little ones in the Preparatory School who had been practising their curtseys for weeks – they called it "doing the Princess Margaret" – were dreadfully disappointed. I think they must have expected a long sparkling gown and a shiny crown, possibly even a gold coach. A patently bored woman in a dark suit just didn't cut the mustard.

Hunt Tue 07-Feb-12 12:05:32

Children do like to see a Queen looking like one. They must have loved the sparkles. There was just a glimpse of the little girl in red doing a curtsey , could have done with a bit more of that. I used to conduct Infant Music Festivals and always tried to look a bit flamboyant. Who wants a visitor who looks like your Mum or your teacher?

jeni Tue 07-Feb-12 12:54:43

I don't like the last few hats she has worn. They all look like a stovepipe with a feather in front , the same colour as her coat! They all look identical!

absentgrana Tue 07-Feb-12 12:58:22

When King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) visited Canada shortly after his coronation, they travelled right across the country by train. The Queen insisted that she should be woken during the night when they were approaching towns or even villages. She would then park herself at a window in her dressing gown wearing a crown because she reckoned if people could be bothered to gather at the rail side in the hope of seeing the King and Queen, she might just as well look the part.

glammanana Tue 07-Feb-12 13:10:36

It was another outfit that The Queen had worn before on a State visit so well done to her,she always looks good and is an inspiration to her age.The little boy who did the dramatic bow will remember that moment for the rest of his life,what a story to tell your children when he is older.

johanna Tue 07-Feb-12 13:23:59

During Ronald and Nancy Reagan's visit to England, our press kept harping on about the fact that the Queen looked frumpish compared to Nancy Reagan.

Well, I thought that Nancy looked like a housewife in an Designer dress, and the
Queen looked like.................The Queen!

JessM Tue 07-Feb-12 13:30:09

I feel sorry for her because she was manoeuvred into her marriage by the very sinister Mountbatten who wanted to be in a position of power after he was made redundant from that Viceroy gig. She was a sweet innocent young girl and i think she had a rough ride. One of the sunday papers once had a page of photos of her - one a year. (may have been her last jubilee) You could see the early happiness evaporate. I suspect they get on Ok now though.

whatisamashedupphrase Tue 07-Feb-12 13:39:01

Jess, do you mean the Queen and Prince Phillip? It's a known fact that she fell in love with him when she first set eyes on him at the age of thirteen! She was determined to marry him.

JessM Tue 07-Feb-12 13:55:52

mmm right. quite.
He was 18 and she was still a child of 12 or 13 when he started writing to her (according to wikip).
Now why would he get an idea like that in his head...

Annobel Tue 07-Feb-12 14:37:53

Most girls of that age have a crush on some older guy. They (guys) don't always encourage it. Nowadays that would be called 'grooming'.

whatisamashedupphrase Tue 07-Feb-12 14:40:12

She still loves him! And he her! smile

whatisamashedupphrase Tue 07-Feb-12 14:44:45

Yu can't find any fault with Lord Mountbatten. So sad when the wretched IRA murdered him, and the young people on that boat. sad

numberplease Tue 07-Feb-12 14:52:00

Earl Mountbatten was a lovely man, never in a month of Sundays would I call him "sinister".

JessM Tue 07-Feb-12 15:18:42

Yes quite Annobel . It was part of a long tradition of fixing up princes and princesses with a suitable marriage partner. Think of what happened with Charles...
I think LM's part in the total bloodbath that surrounded the partition of India would be just one thing we could find fault with.
I am not a conspiracy theorist. I only have the one. It relates to the British security forces who were well embedded with the IRA in the 70s.