What the Queen has worn on her official birthday every year of her reign

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Queen Elizabeth in 1999. John Stillwell/WPA Pool/AP

1952: In the first year of her reign, Queen Elizabeth wore the Scots Guards uniform to the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1952. AP

Queen Elizabeth waved from a balcony at Buckingham Palace in 1952 as the smiling Queen Mother looked on.

1986: She wore the same uniform every year until it was announced that she would be driven to the ceremony in a carriage for future parades.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1986. AP

Queen Elizabeth rode her horse, Burmese, for the final time during the Trooping of the Colour in 1986.

Her Majesty's love of riding and breeding horses is well-known.

1987: From then on, she wore regular royal formalwear.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1987. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth was joined on the balcony of Buckingham Palace by Countess Patricia Mountbatten, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Prince Harry.

1988: She wore a teal ensemble with pearls and a decorative brooch.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1988. Caulkin/AP

Queen Elizabeth rode in an open carriage as she inspected soldiers of the Irish Guards during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1988.

While the Queen has never been one to leap from one clothing fad to the next, she has a distinct timeless, practical style as a sartorial icon.

1989: She wore a patterned blue dress with a matching hat.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1989. Peter Kemp/AP

Queen Elizabeth rode in a carriage at the Trooping the Color ceremony in 1989.

1990: Queen Elizabeth stood out in a teal jacket with white piping.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1990. Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

She stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace surrounded by her extended family.

1991: She wore a yellow checkered outfit a regimental brooch.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1991. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth rode through the streets of London in a carriage at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1991.

1992: The Queen paired a peach ensemble with a pearl necklace and brooch.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1992. Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

The Queen acknowledged the crowd at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1992.

1993: She opted for blue again.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1993. Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The Queen, along with other members of the royal family, watched the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1993.

1994: Taking a break from the matching hat and overcoat, she offset her navy blue ensemble with a bold yellow hat.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1994. Simon Kreitem/Reuters

Queen Elizabeth waved to well-wishers as she was followed by the Duke of Edinburgh on his ceremonial horse at the start of the Trooping the Colour parade in 1994.

1995: Her usual blue got a brighter upgrade in '95.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1995. Sean Dempsey/AP

Queen Elizabeth was flanked by the Duke of Edinburgh, left, and her eldest son Prince Charles at Horseguards Parade in 1995 for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.

1996: Queen Elizabeth, left, pictured with her mother, went back to blue the following year, but this time in a more pastel-colored hue.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1996. John Stillwell/AP

Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother spoke together on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 1996 as they watched a flypast following the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.

1997: Switching it up, she wore a pale yellow jacket adorned with a bow.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1997. David Thomson/AP

Queen Elizabeth returned to Buckingham Palace after watching Trooping the Colour in London in 1997, her official 71st birthday.

1998: She mixed patterns with a fuzzy jacket on top of a mosaic motif dress.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1998. Jonathan Evans/Reuters

Queen Elizabeth rode through Horse Guards Parade during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1998.

1999: The Queen went for highlighter yellow with a polka dot hat.

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Queen Elizabeth in 1999. John Stillwell/WPA Pool/AP

Queen Elizabeth waved on her way to the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1999.

The Queen loves wearing neon shades. Apparently, it's so that people can see her through large crowds.

2000: She waved to the crowd in a floral bubble gum pink suit.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2000. Christine Nesbitt/AP

Queen Elizabeth greeted spectators from the balcony of Buckingham Palace while waiting for the Royal Air Force fly over during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2000.

2001: During a rainy parade, she wore a raincoat over her mint outfit.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2001. Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth held an umbrella as she rode in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour in 2001.

The Queen's official birthday is in June because British weather can be unpredictable in April, when it's her actual birthday. However, she still got rain during the event in 2001.

2002: She went with more of a lime green the following year.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2002. Sion Touhig/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip waved to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after attending the Trooping the Color ceremony in 2002.

2003: Queen Elizabeth mixed blue, black, and white, and pulled it all together with her hat.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2003. Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth smiled as she arrived at Buckingham Palace after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2003.

2004: Of course, the Queen always has her favorite black Launer handbags with every outfit, no matter the color.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2004. Scott Barbour/Getty Images

She reportedly owns 200 of the same $2,000 handbag made by London-based leather goods company Launer. She also uses it to send secret signals to her staff.

2005: The Queen wore sky blue when Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, joined the royal family for Trooping the Colour for the first time.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2005. Graeme Robertson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived at the Trooping the Colour in 2005, where Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, joined for the first time.

2006: She wore a regal purple.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2006. MJ Kim/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and other royal family members stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour in 2006.

2007: When it rained, the Queen's vibrant green outfit helped brighten the day.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2007. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth raised her hand during a downpour on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2007.

2008: She stepped out in a bright teal from head to toe.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2008. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth stepped out during the Trooping the Colour in 2008.

2009: She wore a similar color the following year but with floral additions.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2009. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth arrived in her carriage for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2009.

2010: She chose a soft lilac with a statement hat.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2010. Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip watched planes fly by from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour in 2010.

2011: Who doesn't love a good statement hat?

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Queen Elizabeth in 2011. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip traveled by horse-drawn carriage to take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in 2011.

2012: Another rainy day, another bright outfit.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2012. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth gestured as it began to rain on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2012.

2013: Her royal blue ensemble was fitting for the occasion.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2013. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth returned to Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour in 2013.

2014: The Queen's pale blue coat and hat included embroidered detailing.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2014. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip waved from the balcony during Trooping the Colour in 2014.

2015: The Queen's shimmery blush outfit stood out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth, flanked by other royal family members, looked out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping The Colour ceremony in 2015.

2016: This fluorescent green look might be one of her brightest.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2016. Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh sat in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade in 2016.

2017: Blue does seem to be one of the Queen's favorite colors.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2017. Hugo Burnand/Buckingham Palace via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip observed a minute's silence for the Grenfell Tower fire victims at Trooping the Colour in 2017.

2018: The Queen wore a bright blue outfit with an embellished hat to Trooping the Colour.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2018. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth traveled in a horse-drawn carriage to Horseguards parade ahead of Trooping the Colour in 2018.

2019: She wore a cream-colored tweed suit with a matching hat.

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Queen Elizabeth with Prince Charles and Camilla in 2019. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth watched a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour in 2019.

2020: The Queen wore seafoam green for a socially distant Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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Queen Elizabeth in 2020. Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

The Queen's normal birthday parade was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 event will also be scaled back.

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