It’s not news that Queen Elizabeth II is a bit of a fashion icon. After all, she does have designers like Karl Lagerfeld praising her flawless and timeless style.

But with all the hype surrounding the amazing style of the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton), it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the queen was mixing prints and color-blocking way before the duchess was around.

These days, we are quick to think of her in color coordinating suits and elaborate hats. Perhaps you have heard that she employs someone to wear in her shoes, or that she wears a lot of blue

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Queen Elizabeth II attends the traditional Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on March 24, 2016 in Windsor, England.

But as her majesty turns 90 on April 21, there is no better time to revisit some of her earlier, less expected moments. Like, say, a statement coat at 9 years old or the many flower crowns she’s worn over the years. 

In honor of this exciting milestone, we invite you to check out just how stylish the queen was — and still continues to be.

  • Ruffled skirt? Check!
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    1928
  • She adopted the blanket scarf trend at an early age.
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    1930
  • She had the whole “mommy and me” thing down.
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    Circa late 1930s.
  • She knows the value of a statement coat.
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    Circa 1935
  • And, for that matter, a statement shoulder.
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    Circa 1935
  • It’s “bigger is better” when it comes to collars.
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    1937
  • And she nails the equestrian trend.
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    1942
  • She’s not afraid to play with prints.
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    1940
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    1944
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    1955
  • She appreciates the power of a red lip.
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    1946
  • She was far from a traditional bride.
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    1947
  • She’s not above repeating a statement piece.
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    1951
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    1954
  • And she has the best bling.
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    1953
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    1953
  • She’s sheerly elegant.
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    1954
  • She even looks glamorous walking the dogs.
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    1965
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    1969
  • She was rocking floral headpieces way before Coachella.
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    1961
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    1968
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    1980
  • And turbans before they were sold at Urban Outfitters.
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    1975
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    1977
  • A little rain can’t get in the way of her great style.
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    1953
  • Or a little sun, either.
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    1977
  • Her headscarf game is on point.
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    1972
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    1972
  • She’s great in solids…
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    1980
  • … And patterns, too.
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    1977

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