Icon: Queen Elizabeth

May 11, 2011 2:38 AM

Queen ElizabethWe love her because she’s like the whole world’s adorable yet steel-willed granny. And at 85, she can pull off a yellow skirt/jacket/hat combo at a Royal Wedding better than anyone else in the world.
 
Most known for reigning over the British Empire for a really, really long time. If she can hold on until September 2015, she’ll be the longest-reigning queen in world history.
 
On the job Over many decades of international diplomacy Elizabeth has demonstrated her wisdom, devotion to duty, and intelligence. She’s offered advice to heads of state across her Empire, and helped to shape the British state in particular. Ban-Ki Moon called her “an anchor for our age.”
 
She got her start as a daughter of royalty who wasn’t expected to end up on the throne. Even as a young girl she was described as “a character” with a strong sense of responsibility. Not much has changed.
 
Lessons learned A little warmth goes a long way. Following the death of Diana, Elizabeth was strongly criticized for an apparent lack of feeling, an impression she completely debunked with a live broadcast in which she expressed her admiration for her former daughter-in-law.

Her personal style is iconically flamboyant. Her legendary taste for single-colour outfits makes her easy to spot, and she’s always got an amazing hat if there are no crowns or tiaras available.

If we met her we’d ask how she’s managed to maintain such a professional and poised demeanor over so many years. And, of course, where she buys her hats.

 

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