Queen marks Halloween season with fabulous orange and black outfit at Baton Relay

The Queen has embraced the Halloween spirit in her first major public engagement since the pandemic began

Queen at Queen Baton Relay 2021
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The Queen has stepped out wearing a pumpkin-inspired ensemble ahead of the Halloween season, proving you’re never too old to celebrate the spooky holiday. 

Get the pumpkins out—it's time for Hallow-queen.  

Her Majesty rocked an orange coat with black gloves and a black handbag to launch the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, marking her first major royal engagement at Buckingham Palace since the beginning of the pandemic. 

She completed the autumnal look with a matching orange hat and heeled black shoes, as well as a Nizam of Hyderabad Rose floral brooch. The bold color choice—which is reportedly one of the Queen’s style secrets—was perfect for the athletic event’s exciting nature. 

Joined by Prince Edward, Her Majesty kicked off the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay by placing a secret message in a baton that will travel across 72 nations of the British Commonwealth. She then passed it to Paralympic gold medalist Kadeena Cox, who will carry it on the first leg of its 90,000 journey. 

Queen and Prince Edward at Queen's Baton Relay 2021

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When the sealed baton reaches its destination after 294 days, its message will be extracted and read aloud at the games’ opening ceremony in July 2022. 

The Queen’s appearance at the Royal Family headquarters signifies the return to a regular working calendar for the 95-year-old, having spent much of the pandemic at her country residences of Windsor Castle and Balmoral Castle

Queen and Prince Edward at Queen Baton Relay 2021

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Her splendid outfit may also be a sign that Her Majesty is finally ready to get back to business as usual. The Queen has worn that same orange coat and hat combo for multiple royal engagements in the past, adding subtle changes with a different brooch each time. The vibrant dress suit made several outings in 2018 and 2019, ensuring the long-reigning monarch stood out from the crowd on every occasion. 

Queen Elizabeth accepts flowers from child at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2013

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The Queen has also been known to switch up the hat depending on the weather, opting for a black fur alternative to stay warm on Christmas Day in 2013. She's also teamed the versatile coat with a funky pattern in the past, stepping out after her festive break at Sandringham Estate in 2018 in a paisley orange headscarf. 

Queen arrives in London after Christmas break 2018

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Now that's what we call style. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.