32 Photos of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Being PYTs

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Before Princess Diana was making puffy sleeves happen and Kate Middleton was perfecting the art of tiara-wearing, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth were fashionistas. And while Netflix's The Crown has given British monarchy nerds a glimpse into just how gorgeous Margaret and Elizabeth's clothing was, nothing beats the real royal deal.

princess elizabeth out riding at the royal lodge
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1940

Back when she was still a princess, Queen Elizabeth would ride horses at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, which her family used as a country retreat. The grounds feature a tiny cottage which was a gift to Elizabeth from the people of Wales.

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1940

Here's Princess Elizabeth chilling at Windsor Castle in the summer. Just your typical teenage girl, destined to be queen. #Same

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queen elizabeth ii and princess margaret wearing summer dresses, circa 1942
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1942

In which then-Princesses Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret (left) twin in summer dresses. FYI, Margaret was one of the royal family's most fashionable members, but was clearly in a more conservative phase when this photo was taken.

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1942

Here, Queen Elizabeth (right) and her lil' sis, Princess Margaret, are twinning again as they take a leisurely bike ride around Windsor, England.

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11th april 1942  princesses elizabeth and margaret rose
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1942

Before she was on that Corgi grind, Elizabeth (left) was a fan of lhasa apsos. And jaunty blazers, apparently.

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princess elizabeth in her girl guides uniform at frogmore in home park
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1942

Queen Elizabeth spent time as a Girl Guide when she was a teen (England's equivalent to a Girl Scout). Here she is chilling in uniform during summer '42. She was 16 at the time.

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princess elizabeth holding sue, a corgi pup, in the grounds of windsor castle, berkshire
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1944

Behold, a corgi! This is Elizabeth's puppy Sue hanging on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Elizabeth lived here with her family during the war due to safety concerns.

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princess elizabeth and princess margaret both wearing hats, pictured in the grounds of windsor castle, berkshire, great britain, 30 may 1944
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1944

Another look at the princesses (Margaret's on the right) during their time at Windsor castle. Hat game, strong.

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princess elizabeth and princess margaret  both dressed in elaborate gowns, pictured during a royal pantomime production of old mother red riding boots at windsor castle, berkshire, great britain, 22 december 1944
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1944

That same year, the princesses (Elizabeth is on the left) dressed in their royal best for a pantomime show. They were actually known to have acted in these shows occasionally, and at one point dressed up as Cinderella and Prince ­Florizel.

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july 1946 princess elizabeth looking through her stamp collection in the state apartments at buckingham palace
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1946

Just catching up on some stamp collecting, you know how it is. (FYI, Elizabeth was 20 when this photo was taken—she'd become Queen six years later.)

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8th july 1946  princess elizabeth and princess margaret in the gardens at the royal lodge, windsor
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1946

Taken around the same time, this lovely photo shows Elizabeth (left) and Margaret lounging around the gardens of the aptly-named Royal Lodge.

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8th july 1946  princess elizabeth and princess margaret  by the pool in the gardens at the royal lodge, windsor
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1946

Duh, they had a pool.

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july 1947 princess elizabeth in the state apartments  at buckingham palace during her engagement to the prince philip, duke of edinburgh
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1947

This adorable picture was taken in Buckingham Palace, and features Elizabeth celebrating her engagement to Prince Phillip. The moment was captured in The Crown's first episode.

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19th july 1946  princess elizabeth watches her sister, princess margaret countess of snowdon  play a brahms waltz  on the piano in the school room at buckingham palace
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1946

Elizabeth and Margaret were extremely well educated. Here, the future Queen watches her sister play some casual Brahms in Buckingham Palace's school room.

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1947

A young Elizabeth sits at her desk in Buckingham Palace, possibly studying up on how to be a Queen.

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princess elizabeth and princess margaret travel on the footplate of a steam engine which is towing the royal train across south africa
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1947

In an unusually candid image, Elizabeth (right) and Margaret enjoy a steam engine ride in South Africa.

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1948

TFW you flash-forward one year and suddenly BOOM, style is being served.

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1948

Suddenly Princess Margaret started looking exactly like Natalie Portman.

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un danseur de la troupe morris remet un bouquet de fleurs à la princesse margaret après une démonstration de danse le 22 juin 1949 à londres, royaume uni photo by keystone francegamma rapho via getty images
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1949

And she started serving up lace goals.

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eingeschränkte rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle kunden in deutschland limited rights for specific editorial clients in germany margaret rose, prinzessin 21081930 09022002graefin von snowdon, gbschwester von queen elizabeth ii  portrait, welches aus anlass ihres21 geburtstages aufgenommen wurde  1951 photo by ullstein bildullstein bild via getty images
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1951

Not to mention beauty goals.

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12th april 1951  hrh princess margaret 1930   2002 attending the premiere of the film captain horatio hornblower at the warner theatre leicester square  photo by ron burtonkeystonegetty images
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1951

As you might have guessed based on this outfit, Margaret reached peak icon in the '50s.

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1953

In 1953, Margaret's sartorial influence was making *actual* news. To quote an article in The Picture Post, "what she wears is News. It is seen by thousands of women in person, hundreds of thousands on news reels, millions who read the newspapers and magazines."

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1953

Meanwhile the London Illustrated said "The Princess…rapidly established herself as a leader of fashion. The 'Margaret look' came to mean simple elegance for the younger set." So in case you're wondering why The Crown's costume budget was so $$$, it's all this gal.

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1954
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1954

And sure, Elizabeth's style is slightly more modest,but don't get it twisted—HRH still looked amazing.

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1954

The new monarch attends a garden party in Sydney, Australia wearing a modest white, lace dress with gloves. Elizabeth had only been the Queen for two years in 1954.

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1955

The Queen casually sitting pretty, watching the Royal Windsor Polo Tournament at Smith's Lawn, Windsor Great Park.

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1956

A portrait of Princess Margaret, taken at her older sister, Queen Elizabeth's, birthday. It's like a photo booth, but more professional because, royalty. Her Majesty turned 30 years old in 1956.

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1960

Here's Princess Margaret at the Opera House in London wearing an elegant gown and white and fur wrap. This is the same year she married Anthony Armstrong-Jones (pictured behind her).

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1960

Newlywed Princess Margaret waves to the crowd as she rides off with her new hubby Anthony Armstrong-Jones for their honeymoon.

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