The Queen’s handbag ‘request’ that keeps her looking effortlessly elegant in her 70th year on the throne

Her Majesty is frequently seen carrying a stylish handbag and it seems ‘practicality is essential’ for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch…

Queen's handbag 'request' revealed, seen here attending the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup polo match
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The Queen’s handbag “request” is said to have focused on an “essential” requirement that has kept her looking effortlessly elegant throughout her reign. 


With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebrations fast approaching and so many exciting events set to take place, there is huge speculation over which ones Her Majesty could attend alongside other members of the extended Royal Family. But whilst her appearances might not be known yet, it's likely that she’ll be looking especially magnificent for this historic weekend. Always a fan of bright colors and eye-catching hats, the Queen has frequently paired her iconic looks with equally fabulous handbags - often from Launer London. 

As revealed by Launer London, (opens in new tab) they’ve been supplying Her Majesty with their stunning handbags and small leather goods since 1968. Now their CEO, Gerald Bodmer, has shared intriguing details about the Queen’s handbag “request”. 

Queen Elizabeth II attends a military parade, held by the Household Division

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 Opening up to Harper’s Bazaar (opens in new tab), Gerald reflected on the enormous privilege it is that he’s designed some of Her Majesty’s iconic bags. 

“When the Queen ascended to the throne, I was still a young man, in my twenties and in the Royal Air Force,” he explained. “I could never have imagined that, 70 years later, I would be her handbag designer of choice.”

And despite the bright and bold handbag trends for 2022, for the monarch classic is her go-to look. Gerald disclosed, “Her Majesty likes a classical bag”, simply stating that, “you’re not going to be a rock chick if you’re the Queen.”

Whilst some might still be wondering how long the Queen has reigned, 70 years is a huge milestone and it seems that throughout the decades her requirements have shifted ever so slightly. Though there are plenty of secrets to Her Majesty’s style, if there’s one thing that matters with the Queen’s handbags now it's practicality!

Handbags by Launer, manufacturers leather goods to Queen Elizabeth II, London, England

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“We make them a little lighter for her to carry now, at her request,” Gerald continued, before describing how “practicality is essential”. 

So much so that the Queen’s handbag “request” for them to be lighter isn’t the only way they've made more practical for her to use during her 70 year reign whilst remaining a stylish addition to her looks. The Launer London CEO said that they occasionally put a mirror or a purse inside.

Over the past seven decades the Queen has often been pictured looking effortlessly elegant holding their Royale and black patent Traviata bags in particular, which work perfectly with her vibrant outfits. This year the company has even released an incredibly regal special limited edition handbag based on a much-loved archive design from the 1970s.

And whilst the Queen’s handbags might have reportedly undergone a small transformation to make them more lightweight, her Launer bags remain an essential part of her wardrobe. She's believed to have recently worn one to Prince Philip's memorial in March, a month after she marked the official start of her Jubilee year.

Queen Elizabeth Shaking Hands With Doctor Rowan Williams, Archbishop Of Canterbury, After Attending A Special Service To Commemorate The 50th Anniversary Of Her Coronation

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Meanwhile, reports have suggested handbags are used to help with the secret signals the Queen sends her staff. Speaking to People (opens in new tab), royal historian Hugo Vickers previously alleged, “It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other”.

It’s been suggested that when the Queen feels ready to draw a conversation or event to a natural end, she supposedly switches her handbag from one arm to another, which signals to her royal aides to step in and subtly move her away. 

It’s not known whether fans might get to see her with one of her favorite handbags during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Though as one of her staples, it’s perhaps likely she could use one at some point over the bank holiday weekend to add an extra beautiful element to royal outfits. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.