The Queen turns fur free

For the first time, Queen Elizabeth II has disposed of fur from her wardrobe, bringing joy to vegans and animal lovers

Fashion is something that many people pay attention to when it comes to appearance. It’s especially the case when you are a public figure, having to look presentable with a unique style.

The Queen’s fashion has been a topic of conversation since her reign began in 1952, with her colourful and luxurious choice of attires that she’s showcased for six decades.

But from this year onwards, Her Majesty will stop using animal fur material on her clothing for the first time.

This had recently been revealed by her senior dresser Angela Kelly in her new book titled ‘The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the dresser and the Wardrobe’ which released last week on October 29.

The front page of Angela Kelly’s new book

With Kelly’s blessing from the Queen, she shared: “If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm.”

Kelly, 62, has worked for the Royal Household for 25 years and became the Queen’s advisor and senior dresser in 2002.

This goes against the Queen’s traditional winter wear, typically wearing long length fur coats and hats at engagements for years.

Following the animal cruelty protests on Regent Street at the Canada Goose store last weekend, this is a huge statement that backs the sentiment of animal and vegan organisations – as Britain’s most powerful figure is no longer wearing real fur material.

American animal rights institution, PETA, have been delighted by the news, stating that:

“The Queen’s decision is in line with the many forward-thinking consumers, businesses, and nations that are recognising that innovative faux-fur fabrics are better for the environment and spare animals a miserable life and a bloody, painful death.”

Additionally, the executive director of Humane Society International (HSI) Claire Bass has publicly supported Her Majesty’s decision to dismiss fur material, saying that it is:

“The perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur, and want nothing to do with it.”

Words: Dominic Magli

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