Queen Elizabeth's new outfits won't feature real fur, move celebrated by activists

Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II. Photo credit: Getty / Reuters.

Queen Elizabeth II is known for her luxurious, elegant winter looks, but from 2019 onwards, her wardrobe won't include any real fur.

In a new memoir released by Angela Kelly, the British Queen's personal advisor and senior dresser, the author says that the 93-year-old is changing her outfits in favour of faux-fur.

"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 writes.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed to The Telegraph that new outfits will be designed with fake fur in mind. However, any outfits or ceremonial garments the Queen already owns that have been constructed using real fur will continue to be used.

It's still a radical departure from previous body-length fur coats the Queen has worn and a sign of the Royal Family responding to criticism of her wearing a product deemed "cruel".

"We are thrilled that Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free," Claire Bass, the executive director of Humane Society International told The Telegraph

"Queen Elizabeth's decision to 'go faux' 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."

Bass said the United Kingdom banned "fur farming" about 20 years ago, and should ban fur sales. Activists say the treatment of animals the fur is taken from is often abhorrent.

Kelly's book - The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen, The Dresser And The Wardrobe - was authorised by the Queen, for whom she has worked for years.