Prince Philip, Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 – 1994), Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and the American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 – 1963) at Buckingham Palace, London. Mrs Kennedy’s dress, designed by Chez Ninon, was reported by the press as upstaging The Queen’s Hartnell gown. (Photo by PNA Rota/Getty Images)

On Sept. 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 after 70 years on the British throne. As the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history, her choice of tailored and wildly colorful separates, lavish gowns and one-of-a-kind jewels defined her wardrobe, that was well, fit for a Queen.

Always polished and streamlined, the late monarch’s style began to captivate the public ahead of her engagement to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 when she was just a Princess. Incorporating loud pops of color throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth displayed her playful side with inventive millinery, printed silk scarves, and opulent jewels, never diverging from her quiet elegance.

In memory of the inimitable monarch, GRAZIA USA is looking back on her most memorable style moments.

1947: Engagement announcement

Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II, in the state apartments at Buckingham Palace during her engagement to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, July 1947. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Announcing her engagement to Prince Philip, the then-princess chose a demure, soft pink dress embellished with bows for the occasion, opting a for a pearl necklace for the momentous occasion.

1947: 21st birthday

21st April 1947: Natal, South Africa, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) poses on her 21st birthday during the Royal Tour of South Africa (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Then-Princess Elizabeth celebrated her 21st birthday in South Africa, donning a floral midi-length dress, slingback heels, and her signature set of pearls.

1947: wedding to prince Philip

Princess Elizabeth with Philip Mountbatten on their wedding day, 20th November 1947. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

To marry Prince Philip Mountbatten in 1947, the monarch wore a Norman Hartnell tulle, chiffon, and silk bridal gown embellished with seed pearls.

1953: coronation gown

4th June 1953: Queen Elizabeth II wearing a gown designed by Norman Hartnell for her Coronation ceremony. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

For her coronation, Queen Elizabeth chose another design by Norman Hartnell. With a sweetheart-style neckline and cap sleeves, the intricately embroidered gown had hidden good-luck charms sewn into it, including national and Commonwealth floral emblems.

1961: Meeting the Kennedys

5th June 1961: Prince Philip, Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 – 1994), Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and the American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 – 1963) at Buckingham Palace, London. Mrs Kennedy’s dress, designed by Chez Ninon, was reported by the press as upstaging The Queen’s Hartnell gown. (Photo by PNA Rota/Getty Images)

The Queen welcomed President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Kennedy for a visit in 1961. Both women posed in differing shades of blue, while the monarch chose a darker-toned tulle ballgown and white opera gloves for the affair. Rumor has it, the former FLOTUS was not impressed with Queen Elizabeth II’s ensemble, and caused an awkward tension, as depicted in an episode of the Netflix hit series The Crown.

1977: Silver Jubilee

British Royal Queen Elizabeth ll, wearing a lilac suit with a checked collar and matching turban-style hat, during a walkabout in Wellington, New Zealand, 27th February 1977. The visit is part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee tour. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of her accession to the throne. The Queen greeted crowds in New Zealand, wearing a rosey pink set consisting of a wool jacket, pinned with a bow brooch, a pink gingham collared shirt, a matching wool skirt, and coordinating gingham headpiece.

1981: Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Wedding

THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES ON THEIR WEDDING DAY. ON THE BALCONY OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE,LONDON WITH THE QUEEN AND SOME OF THE BRIDESMAIDS. PHOTO BY TERRY FINCHER. 29/7/1981

Queen Elizabeth II wore another title on July 19, 1981 — Mother of the Groom. Her eldest son, Prince Charles of Wales tied the knot with Princess Diana at Buckingham Palace. Sporting a bright turquoise gown, topped with a floral brooch, the monarch wore white opera gloves, two strings of pearls around her neck, and a matching aqua hat, embellished with a 3-D floral detailing.

2018: With Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Marking Meghan Markle‘s first official engagement with the Queen since marrying her husband Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth wore a white mid-length dress with a colorful floral motif under her piercing lime green overcoat. Pinned with a bow-shaped brooch, the monarch donned her signature string of pearls, white gloves while carrying a black handbag, and topped off her ensemble with a matching green hat, emblazoned with a large 3-D flower.

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