After Queen Elizabeth died earlier this month at the age of 96, her $447 million fortune will be divided among her family members. But people who follow the royal family now want to know what will happen to her huge collection of clothes and jewelry.
The monarch was known for her classic sense of style. At local events, she wore colorful, well-coordinated outfits, and at international events, she looked stunning in expensive, elegant ball gowns. Royal experts say that Kate Middleton and Queen Consort Camilla will probably wear most of the queen’s clothes.
The editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, said that Middleton is likely to get a lot of Elizabeth’s outfits and “the lion’s share” of her jewelry when she becomes queen. She said that Middleton would get “first choice,” while Camilla would get what was left over.
But a royal trust will take some of her most famous outfits to keep them safe and show them in museums in the future.
“I would expect that some of her most famous outfits, like the ones she wore to the Jubilee or the coats and hats she wore to royal weddings, would be kept for historical reasons,” royal expert Christine Ross told Daily Mail.
“The Historic Royal Palaces Collection keeps some of Queen Victoria’s and Princess Diana’s clothes, and Queen Elizabeth’s clothes are just as important and interesting from a historical point of view,” she said. Ross added, “I have no doubt that the Royal Collection Trust will keep her wedding dress and coronation dress safe and put them on display often.”
The expert says that the queen, who was very aware of her power and importance in history, would have likely sorted and organized her collections before she died.
Less important pieces of clothing will likely be given to family members, which could be a good thing for her granddaughters and great-granddaughters. “The queen would have given her family members things from her personal collection that she had picked out herself. “Like any cherished heirloom, these are very special pieces,” said Ross.
“Many of the queen’s ball gowns could be changed to fit Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the new Princess of Wales [Middleton], or even Princess Charlotte and Lilibet in the future,” she said.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.