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Royal style: 25 times Queen Elizabeth II stunned in Scandinavia

By Linnéa Pesonen

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On the sad occasion of the Queen's passing, we take a look back at Her Majesty's most memorable style moments in the Nordics

On the evening of the 8th of September 2022, a statement from Buckingham Palace read: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow." After 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II – the longest-serving British monarch in history – passed away at 96, leaving the Royal family and the nation deeply saddened.

"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service," Her Majesty said in a broadcast by the BBC on her 21st birthday during her first international tour in 1947. She became sovereign at just 25-years-old in 1952 and though she was a beacon of tradition in some ways, she also modernised the Crown as an institution in many ways, including changing succession rights to ensure that any monarch's firstborn child stood next in line to the throne, regardless of gender.

Alongside being celebrated for her dedicated services to the country, the Queen also became an enduring fashion icon. With her timeless and elegant style copied across the globe ever since she was a princess, the Queen masterfully maintained a regal polish while simultaneously breaking new ground. Tailored silhouettes and garbs bursting with vivid colours, the Queen remained a lesson in sophisticated yet vibrant, modern royal dressing.

And throughout the years, she also showcased her sartorial skills in Scandinavia. To honour the Queen's memory and enduring style, Vogue Scandinavia looks back at her best sartorial moments in the Nordics.


Best looks of Queen Elizabeth II in Scandinavia

Queen Elizabeth II and King Frederik IX of Denmark pictured during a visit to the Memorial cemetery to the resistance movement, in May 1957. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Denmark in May 1957. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II visits atomic Professor Niels Bohr in Denmark in May 1957. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth and King Frederik IX of Denmark at Christiansborg Palace arriving for a state banquet in May 1957. . Photo: Getty

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, King Frederik and Queen Ingrid of Denmark in their box at the gala performance in the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, May 1957. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Denmark in May 1957. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II emerges from a wooden hut in Helsinki during a state visit to Finland, May 1976. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II in Helsinki during a state visit to Finland, May 1976. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth ll enjoys a picnic lunch during a visit to Finland in May 1976 in Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth ll attends a banquet in May 1976 in Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth ll is greeted by Queen Margrethe in Copenhagen in May 1979. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth ll waves from the balcony with Queen Margrethe of Denmark in Copenhagen in May 1979. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth ll with Queen Margrethe of Denmark during a visit to Denmark in May 1979. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II in Sweden in May 1983. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II in Sweden in May 1983. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Silvia of Sweden, in Sweden in May 1983. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Silvia of Sweden, in Sweden in May 1983. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth ll, accompanied by King Carl XVl Gustaf of Sweden, arriving for a State Banquet in May 1983 in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II makes an official state visit to Iceland in June 1990. . Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II in Reykjavik, Iceland in June 1990. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II with President Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland in 1990. Photo: Getty

The Queen arriving for her state visit to Norway. King Harald of Norway accompanies her to review the Guard of Honour in 2001. Photo: Getty

The Queen with King Harald of Norway on a walkabout at Aker Brygge quayside, Oslo, Norway in 2001. Photo: Getty

The Queen and King Harald of Norway arriving for the State Banquet at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway in 2001. Photo: Getty

The Queen and Prince Philip arriving at the ambassador's residence in Oslo, Norway in 2001. Photo: Getty