The British Royal family is known for their eclectic taste in fashion, especially the Queen whose wardrobe ensures that she stands out from the crowd. But one thing she has always been heavily panned for is her diverse collection of furs which she has been seen wearing on countless occasions. So, it came as a welcomed surprise when it was made known that the Queen has switched to fake fur this year, no longer allowing the use of real fur in the outfits designed for her.
The disclosure was made by Angela Kelly, the head of state’s personal adviser and confidante, in her book ‘The Other Side Of The Coin” which she shares about her close relationship with the monarch.
“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,” she wrote. The news has been confirmed by Buckingham Palace as well, making the Queen the first member of the royal family to give up on real fur.
For years, the Royal family has been under the radar of animal rights activists and groups for their continued use of animal fur. In fact, the Queen was severely criticized for sporting a cream-coloured fur hat made of fox hair while attending church at Sandringham on Christmas day in 2010.
The Queen’s decision has been welcomed by groups like PETA, who is “raising a glass of gin and Dubonnet” to the fact that another Royal member has said no to fur after Meghan Markle.
“This new policy is a sign of the times, as 95 per cent of the British public would also refuse to wear real fur,” they said. But what would make the good news better is if the soldiers in the Queen’s Guard, “still parading around with the fur of bears gunned down in Canada on their caps” also switch to fake fur.
“We respectfully urge Her Majesty to complete the policy by ordering that the fur be replaced by the humane, luxurious faux bearskin that PETA has helped develop alongside faux-furrier Ecopel and designer Stella McCartney,” PETA said.
As for the current clothing items made of fur owned by the Queen, the palace “would not speculate” whether she will still be wearing them or not.