The queen’s “handbag request” is said to have focused on the “basic” requirement that made her look elegant throughout her reign.
With the upcoming celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 and the many exciting events to take place, there is speculation that Her Majesty could attend with other members of the extended royal family. But while her appearance may not be known yet, she is likely to look particularly spectacular this historic weekend. The queen, who is always a fan of bright colors and eye-catching hats, has often combined her iconic look with equally fabulous handbags – often from Launer London.
As Launer London revealed, (opens in a new tab) they have been supplying Her Majesty their magnificent handbags and small leather goods since 1968. Now their CEO, Gerald Bodmer, has shared interesting details about the “Queen’s demand for a handbag.”
Opening of Harper’s Bazaar (opens in a new tab)Gerald pondered the great privilege of designing some of Her Majesty’s iconic bags.
“When the Queen ascended the throne, I was still a young man, I was twenty and in the Royal Air Force,” he explained. “I never imagined that 70 years later I would be her favorite handbag designer.”
And despite the bright and bold handbag trends for 2022, the monarch’s classic is popular. Gerald revealed, “Her Majesty likes a classic bag,” he simply said, “You won’t be a rock cat when you’re a queen.”
While some might still wonder how long the queen has ruled, 70 years is a huge milestone, and her demands seem to have shifted slightly over the decades. Although Her Majesty’s style hides a lot of secrets, if anything matters to the Queen’s handbags, then it’s practical!
“At her request, we’ve made them a little lighter so she can wear them,” Gerald continued, describing how “practicality is necessary.”
So much so that the “requirement” of the Queen’s handbag to be lighter is not the only way they made it more practical to use during her 70-year reign, while remaining a stylish addition to her appearance. Launer London’s CEO said they occasionally put a mirror or wallet inside.
Over the last seven decades, the queen has often been portrayed as looking casually elegant, holding in particular Royale handbags and black patented Traviata bags that match her radiant outfits. This year, the company even released an incredibly royal special limited edition handbag based on a very popular archive design from the 70’s.
And while the Queen’s handbags may have undergone a small transformation to make them lighter, her Launer bags remain an essential part of her wardrobe. She is believed to have worn one recently at the Prince Philip Memorial in March, a month after it officially began its jubilee year.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that handbags are being used to help with the secret signals the queen is sending to her staff. Talk to people (opens in a new tab)Royal historian Hugo Vickers previously said: “It would be very disturbing if you talked to the queen and saw the purse move from one hand to the other.”
It has been suggested that when the queen feels ready to bring the conversation or event to a natural end, she allegedly throws her purse from one arm to the other, signaling her royal aides to step in and unobtrusively pull her away.
It is not known if fans could see her with one of her favorite handbags during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Although as one of her staples, it is likely that she could use it sometime during the public holidays to add an extra beautiful element to the royal outfits.
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