Before Princess Diana was making puffy sleeves happen and Kate Middleton was perfecting the art of tiara-wearing, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth were fashion's "It" girls. 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.
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, in case you were wondering.
Here's Princess Elizabeth chilling at Windsor Castle in the summer. Just your typical teenage girl, destined to be queen. #Same
In which Princesses Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret 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.
Before she was on that Corgi grind, Elizabeth was a fan of lhasa apsos. And jaunty blazers, apparently.
Queen Elizabeth spent time as a Girl Guide when she was a teen (AKA England's equivalent to a Girl Scout). Here she is chilling in uniform during summer '42. She was 16 at the time.
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.
Another look at the princesses during their time at Windsor castle. Hat game, strong.
That same year, the princesses dressed in their royal best for a pantomime show. They were actually known to have acted in these shows from time to time, and at one point dressed up as Cinderella and Prince Florizel.
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.)
Taken around the same time, this lovely photo depicts Elizabeth and Margaret lounging around the gardens of the aptly-named Royal Lodge.
Duh, they had a pool.
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.
Elizabeth and Margaret were extremely well educated. Here, the future Queen watches her sister play some casual Brahms in Buckingham Palace's school room.
In another unusually candid image, Elizabeth and Margaret enjoy a steam engine ride in South Africa.
TFW you flash-forward one year and suddenly BOOM, style is being served.
Suddenly Princess Margaret started looking exactly like Natalie Portman.
And she started serving lace goals.
Not to mention beauty goals.
In the late '40s, Margaret started wearing Christian Dior's "New Look," featuring gorgeously full skirts and a tightly cinched waist.
As you might have guessed based on this outfit, Margaret reached peak icon in the '50s.
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."
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.
And sure, Elizabeth's style was slightly more modest, don't get it twisted. HRH looked 👌.