The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has been 60 years long and dignified throughout ~ and her wardrobe, a lesson in refinement…

I have a particular interest in the robe, dress-coat and cape and Queen Elizabeth II is a doyenne of this dress code.

This is The Queen serene in a silk dress coat during a tour of India and Pakistan in 1961.




















This is a robe created from a gift of fabric received during a state visit to the Middle East and Queen Elizabeth wore this robe during her state visit to Slovenia in 2008.

This is The Good Lady with a respectful head coverage during a visit to a mosque in UAE in 2010.













Long may her splendour continue…


The Coronation of Emperor Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran was held in the Grand Hall of the Golestan Palace of Tehran in 1967. The Emperor crowned his consort, Farah Pahlavi, during his own coronation ceremony. This was the first ever crowning of a wife of an Iraninan monarch and was a symbol of the modernisation of Iran. It was to be the final monarchy of Iran as it was overthrown in the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

The Empress’s coronation robes were designed by Marc Bohan of Christian Dior and the attire was woven and cut in Iran. The green velvet robe featured the House of Pahlavi coat of arms embroidered in gold and adorned with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The train of the robe was five metres in length.

The coronation jewellery of crown and necklace was made for Empress Farah in Iran by Parisian jewellers, Van Cleef & Arpels, from items in the Iranian Crown Jewels.

Lalla means ‘lady’ in Morocco and it is a part of the royal title of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma the Princess Consort of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.  Lalla Salma is the first wife of Moroccan royalty to be publically acknowledged and awarded a royal title and she has entered the world stage with a portfolio of state duties and charitable causes.

This is Morocco’s First Lady and a very stylish and striking blend of the traditional and the modern Arabic woman. Lalla Salma is 33 years old and has two children. She was born Salma Bennani in the Morrocan city of Fez to a middle class Moroccan family and she is a computer science graduate.

Lalla Salma is an exotic beauty, a reflection of the influences of both Arab and French cultures that makes Morocco so scintillating, and what makes her all the more fascinating in the Arab world is her porcelain complexion and curly red hair. I think that this lends her a doll-like quality when dressed in the traditional Moroccan dress of the takchita.

And here is Princess Lalla Salma in all her takchita glory…


And, in contrast, here we have the modern wardrobe of Princess Lalla Salma…

This robe is a stunning and unique work of art made from the silk of more than a million female Golden Orb Weaver spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar. The silk is naturally this dazzling golden colour. The robe has been created by Simon Peers & Nicholas Godley. The silk is extracted from the spider using a device that pulls the silk strands from the spider’s spinneret and then the spider is set free.