Every year, the Queen of England delivers a speech dressed to the nines in full regalia: including a long, sweeping, red velvet cape with fur edging; an elaborate crown and jewels. So. Many. Jewels.
Beneath all of that glitter, she typically would wear white or cream gown of lace or embroidered silk. This year, however, was different. Very different.
Normally, her decision to buck the system with a simpler style and the bright pop of colour would have raised some eyebrows; but, it was this particular color that she chose to wear and a certain detail in her hat that had many people's eyes practically popping out of their heads!
This is what the Queen looked like during her yearly speech in 2016:
This year, the Queen's speech focused heavily on the plan for the United Kingdom going forward beyond Brexit. But it was her fashion choice that spoke louder than any words she said:
The Queen's subtle message did not go unnoticed and soon everyone was talking about the secret message they believe she meant to transmit through her wardrobe...
The Queen does nothing by mistake, every choice she makes is clearly weighed and considered. There is no doubt that her decision to change tradition and wear something less formal this year was carefully made.
But could she have been sending an even more subtle message than one of modernization? Many people believe that The Queen's outfit sends a subtle message about her opinion of the Brexit decision and perhaps even some solidarity for the European Union...
Keen observers were quick to point out that her hat looked an awful lot like the European Union flag:
The United Kingdom voted last year to leave the European Union, a decision that polarized millions and left Britons confused and divided about the decision.
This year, the Queen's speech focused heavily on Brexit and the plan for moving forward. Although her speech was balanced and clear, many wonder if - through her outfit - she was sending a subtle jab towards those who supported Brexit.