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15:02 02 May 13
Tip your hat to the Queen
For 60 years Queen Elizabeth II has graced her head with some of weird, some wonderful and some downright odd hats. The 86-year-old monarch's diamond jubilee marks 60 years of travelling, handshaking, and meeting global leaders as Britain's head of state.
Here are a few of these moments in pictures.
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For a fashion designer it is a unique task: dressing a woman who must be immediately recognisable from Antigua to Zimbabwe, visible from a distance, bright, dignified and immune to wardrobe malfunctions.
In powder blue, with a matching straw hat, Queen Elizabeth greets former South African President Nelson Mandela during her official arrival at Cape Town's Waterfront in 1995.
Queen Elizabeth's bright purple ensemble is enough to cheer up even President Jacob Zuma who was embroiled in controversey over his many marriages at the time.
The Queen has worn some wild hats, but none so wild as Camilla on her wedding day. Here Prince Charles, the queen's oldest son, finally marries his long-time partner, Camilla Parker Bowles on 9 April 2005.
Hold onto your hat! Her stylists, always British, must ensure that no garment is transparent, too tight or too short, and consider possible weather conditions - including weighting her skirt hemlines to avoid embarrassment in a gust of wind.
A younger Queen during a visit to Perth, Australia in 1988 on her 62nd birthday, 21 April, wearng this paisley print jacket and cheerful rose hat.
For most of the hundreds of public engagements she carries out every year, the queen appears in a brightly-coloured outfit with a matching hat, neat handbag and sensible, yet elegant shoes.
Before any state or Commonwealth visit, her designers study meanings attached to colours, sleeve lengths and symbols in the country, both to avoid accidental offence and to be gracious to her hosts.
The queen's wardrobe is now the responsibility of designer Angela Kelly, the daughter of a humble dock-worker from the northwestern city of Liverpool, who joined her team of dressers in 1993 and became her personal stylist in 2002.
Looking chic and serious during a visit from China's President Hu Jintao in 2005.
Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen!
Queen Elizabeth keeps her head warm in faux fur.
A lady in red: the Queen gives the camera a shy glance.
Looking lovely in bright blue at St Paul's Cathedral.
Queen Elizabeth looks cheerful in bright yellow. 'She has her own look, and it wins her respect,' says Alexandre Vauthier, a designer for Jean Paul Gaultier.
'She shouldn't change a thing.'
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