The Queen's silk
headscarfs have become iconic. When she is enjoying her country
retreats at Balmoral, Windsor and Sandringham, the Queen is often
to be seen in a headscarf and tweed skirt. She was even portrayed
on a 1956 postage stamp wearing a Hermès scarf. A short, square
scarf, tied securely under her chin, is a practical accessory for
country walks and equestrian events,.
Another indispensable feature of the Queen's wardrobe is the inevitable pair of gloves. These are frequently crisp and white, or a dark-toned leather that matches her handbag. In the evening she wears long opera gloves that extend to just above the elbow.
The final accessory that complements the Queen's myriad outfits is the small handbag, invariably held over the crook of her arm, and always matching her shoes and outfit. The London-based handbag-makers Launer hold the royal warrant. After the Queen appeared at Prince William's wedding carrying a boxy, top-handled cream calfskin handbag from Launer, they experienced a 60 per cent boom in sales.