The Queen of England won’t be buying any new fur, but furs already in her collection may remain.
Queen Elizabeth II’s official ‘dresser’ Angela Kelly revealed the decision in her new book, The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen, The Dresser And The Wardrobe. According to multiple news sources, Kelly wrote, “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.”
While this decision is clearly positive and reflects that of many fashion lines such as Macy’s, Prada and others, it is also limited in scope: we imagine Her Majesty’s royal closet is rather deep with real furs. Further, this decision would not impact the black bear skin hats worn by Buckingham Palace guardsmen and Prince Phillip, as seen in the photo included in this article.
It is a trend The Fur-Bearers would like to see extend to Canada’s highest elected office, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has infamously worn coyote fur trim parkas for family photos and other events.
Based on the available information, this move is simply regarding new purchases for the Queen’s wardrobe – and not a general shift in policy. However, The Fur-Bearers will continue to monitor this news and provide any new updates as they’re available.