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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II records her address to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus epidemic at Windsor Castle, west of London

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II records her address to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus epidemic at Windsor Castle, west of London

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II records her address to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus epidemic at Windsor Castle, west of London

Fashion analysis through colour is usually reserved for the American political arena.

Ever since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wore all white to president Donald Trump's inauguration in 2016 - after winning the popular vote, but losing the overall election to him - it was seen as a sign of her silent support for women's rights. In Congress, female Democrats have worn all white on two occasions as a nod to the suffragette movement and white has been adopted as the most feminist colour of clothing.

But that same analysis applies across all the upper echelons of power when particularly thoughtful dressing is applied and no more so than in the case of Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

During the monarch's address to British citizens on Sunday (her fourth only during her 68-year reign) to rally the proverbial troops as the coronavirus pandemic tightens its grip, she was as pared back as a wartime call.

Her emerald green crepe dress is a muted shade intended to both lift spirits while reflecting the serious nature of which she was speaking; accessorising with only a turquoise brooch and two-strand pearl necklace.

The brooch is believed to be a subtle nod to the turquoise scrubs worn by NHS workers. She was gifted the piece by her grandmother Queen Mary on her death in 1953, but in a show of extraordinary restraint, she only debuted it publicly in 2014.

Her triple strand pearl necklace is another piece from her vault and one of her most worn items of jewellery, dating back to when she ascended the throne in 1952. Both heirlooms represent stability and endurance, acting as subtle reminders of her lengthy reign and all she has seen during that time.

Green traditionally symbolises re-birth, reflecting the world's eventual collective re-awakening when quarantines are slowly lifted. It is a symbol of energy and means safety and harmony - in short, it is an subliminal shade to represent peace during a time of uncertainty.

It's considered a relaxing colour to view. Whereas black reflects mourning and red asserts attention-seeking authority, green is naturally soothing to the eye, and one of her most worn shades. Solid, block colours are also the most impactful to wear when appearing on television.

The set-up was just as deliberate for a historic address. The surrounding area has been cleared of any familial remnants - there are no picture frames of grandchildren for royal watchers to declare her favourites in the comment sections and instead allow focus on her message.

She and husband Prince Philip are self-isolating in Windsor, while her son Prince Charles is recovering from coronavirus at his home in Birkhall, Scotland.

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