Thrifty queen has worn the same jacket for 25 years – and even refused a free new one when it was offered


SHE might have the world’s best designers desperate to dress her – but it turns out, The Queen takes a no-nonsense approach to her wardrobe.

And where some of us like to switch up our winter coat every year, Her Majesty has actually had the same Barbour jacket for over 25 YEARS.

The Queen is believed to have owned her Barbour jacket for over 25 YEARS

And she even refused the offer of a free one when it needed repairing.

Appearing on BBC’s Woman’s Hour in 2017, Dame Margaret Barbour revealed that The Queen had asked for her jacket’s coating to be “re-waxed” around the time of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The businesswoman said: “[She] wanted her long Barbour jacket re-waxing and we said, “We’d love to do this, Ma’am” – to her secretary, of course.”

However, the brand also offered Her Majesty a new jacket – thought to be worth £300 – for free to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation.

Her Majesty wore a Barbour jacket to the Windsor Horse show in 1989
Kate Middleton pictured wearing her Barbour jacket in 2017

Although The Queen originally accepted the offer of a new coat while hers was being fixed, her secretary told Dame Margaret: “She wants her old one back.”

The businesswoman has been running the iconic British fashion brand since 1968 and took over the company at the age of 29 – just four months after her husband’s death.

She explained: “I didn’t think about it for more than a minute. I just knew immediately that I had to carry on the work that John had done, and his father had done, and his grandfather and his great-grandfather.”

The outdoors clothing brand is a favourite with the royals – with both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle owning several of their jackets.

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