Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

Queen Elizabeth II follows in footsteps of fashion labels by going fur-free

The British monarch will only wear new items using faux fur going forward, Buckingham Palace confirms

Clothes using real fur will no longer be designed for Queen Elizabeth II. Reuters
Clothes using real fur will no longer be designed for Queen Elizabeth II. Reuters

She has sported fur stoles and animal skin coats during several evening occasions during her reign, but fur will no longer find a place in Queen Elizabeth II's wardrobe.

The British monarch will only wear faux fur from this year, Buckingham Palace confirmed after the queen's senior dresser made the revelation in her newly released autobiography.

In her book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, to which the queen gave her blessing, Angela Kelly said the royal would now be following the fur-free movement.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 7, 1969 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured wearing fur. The animal rights organization Humane Society International UK welcomed November 4, 2019, that Queen Elizabeth II "officially" abandoned the wearing of fur, citing her official dressmaker. / AFP / CENTRAL PRESS / STRINGER
In this photo from 1969, Queen Elizabeth II is pictured wearing fur. AFP

“If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm,” wrote Kelly, who has worked with the queen for 25 years.

Buckingham Palace told The Telegraph that "as new outfits are designed for the queen, any fur used will be fake".

The palace's response only mentions new garments, however, meaning that the queen could still wear wear existing fur items in her wardrobe, such as the ermine-lined Robe of State.

"We are not suggesting that all fur on existing outfits will be replaced, or that the queen will never wear fur again," a Buckingham Palace representative told Harper's Bazaar US.

Kelly said a coat worn by the Queen in Slovakia in 2008 had since been updated to remove a mink trim.

The news was welcomed by animal rights organisations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"The queen’s decision is in line with the many forward-thinking consumers, businesses and nations that are recognising that innovative faux-fur fabrics are better for the environment and spare animals a miserable life," Peta said.

The monarch's announcement follows similar decisions by some of the world's most well-known fashion labels.

In May, Prada announced it would not have fur in its its spring / summer 2020 collections, while Gucci made the same pledge in 2017. Michael Kors, meanwhile, went fur-free in 2018, as did Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace and Burberry, and Armani stopped using fur back in 2016.

Last month, California became the first US state to ban fur products.

Updated: November 6, 2019 11:51 AM

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