This Sunday is most certainly a cause for celebration. Not only is it Easter, but the Queen is set to observe her 93rd birthday.
As the longest reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth has proved her classic beauty style time and time over. Without a wonky lip line or hair out of place, her look has reigned supreme by steering clear of fleeting fashions or gimmicks and has subsequently remained consistently timeless, like many of the beauty products that are staples in her routine.
Like most things concerning the monarchy, we know little about the Queen's complete beauty regime. And though a YouTube-style Royal rundown may be off the cards, a documented handful of Her Majesty’s most loved products and the Royal Warrant provide a glimpse into her coveted beauty world and the brands that have been given her royal seal of approval.
At 92 years old, the Queen still maintains a youthful, radiant complexion and is never caught without a bold wash of colour across the lips. From Elizabeth Arden to Essie, these are the brands and products that have helped her to achieve her signature look over the years.
Author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind The Throne, Sally Bedell Smith, has previously claimed that lipstick and a compact mirror are among the Queen's most important handbag items.
She once wrote, "At the end of a luncheon or a dinner, even a banquet set with silver gilt and antique porcelain, she has the somewhat outré habit of opening her bag, pulling out a compact and reapplying her lipstick".
Though the brand does not disclose much about their relationship with her, Elizabeth Arden have previously told The Telegraph: "We work closely with Angela Kelly [the Queen’s senior dresser] and her team to ensure we provide excellent service for whatever Her Majesty requires, or would like to try."
As well as their lipsticks, it is rumoured the Queen also enjoys the brand’s cult favourite product, Eight Hour Cream, £28. If rumours are true, this award-winning multifaceted product which goes beyond basic moisturisation may certainly have something to do with her skin’s great looking condition.
We know Clarins has been much-loved by the Queen since her coronation in 1953, when she commissioned the brand to create her very own personalised lipstick shade to match her ceremonial robes, yet the French luxury brand has only held the Royal Warrant since 2007.
Nonetheless, a few of Clarins’ products are reportedly favoured by Her Majesty, such as the Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact in Transparent Fair, £28, the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, £23, as well as their eye shadow palettes, £34.
A surprising favourite, given its affordability, Essie’s oh-so-flattering barely there, Ballet Slippers, £7.99, is usually the nail polish of choice often concealed under the Queen’s gloves. Giving the look of perfectly manicured nails, this sheer nudish pale pink provides the type of healthy camouflage that compliments all outfits- necessary given M’aam’s bright, block colour wardrobe.
It is said that Queen Elizabeth has used this same specific varnish since 1989, when her hairdresser wrote a letter to Essie Weingarten, the founder of Essie, to request a bottle of the translucent pink polish. A statement on the brand’s website reads, “Queen Elizabeth’s hairdresser sent Essie a letter requesting Ballet Slippers - the only colour Her Majesty would wear”.
Set up in 1730, Floris is the world’s oldest independent family-run perfumer. Ninety years after its conception, Floris received their first Royal Warrant as Smooth Pointed Comb Maker to HM The King George IV. (Skillfully made combs were a speciality of Floris during this time and valued by the company’s elite clientele.)
As holder of the warrant since 1820, Floris is the longest-reigning British beauty company in royal favour. Given its history and royal status, it is no wonder the company remains the Queen's own appointed perfumer.
While favoured by Her Majesty, as well as the Prince of Wales, the perfume house maintains an air of discretion surrounding The Queen's favourite choice of scent, but experts suggest it may be White Rose, £80, a bloom full of carnation, Queen Elizabeth’s favourite flower.
A long favourite of the Queen, scented soaps and hand washes from the quintessential British brand Yardley London are said to be well stocked in the royal palaces.
The makers of these fresh fragranced products have been one of the world's leading suppliers of quality soaps and perfumes since 1770, and have maintained a presence in the royal household for generations.
It was King George VI’s love for his bar of Yardley London English Lavender Soap, £7.99, which meant the company was awarded a Royal Warrant for Purveyors of Soap in 1949.