Queen praised for decision to switch to faux fur

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Queen Elizabeth, pictured in Prague in 1996, has worn fur throughout her life [Photo: Getty]

The Queen is set to switch to faux fur clothing and accessories in a move which has been praised and called a “sign of the times” by animal activists.

The Queen has worn fur coats and hats throughout her life and some of her traditional ceremonial robes are made from animals, too.

But, Angela Kelly, the Queen’s longstanding dressmaker, has stated the 93-year-old monarch’s ready to move with the times and swap real fur for faux fur in the future.

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"If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm,” Kelly, who has worked for Her Majesty for the past 25 years, writes in her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: the Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement to The Telegraph, saying: “As new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be fake.”

However, sources confirmed that the Queen will continue to wear existing items she owns that contain fur. This includes her ceremonial robes.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster on 27 May 2015. [Photo: Getty]

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly abbreviated to PETA, has praised the move.

“PETA staff are raising a glass of gin and Dubonnet to the Queen's compassionate decision to go fur-free.

“This new policy is a sign of the times, as 95% of the British public also refuses to wear real fur,” PETA Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi said in a statement.

“In 2019, no one can justify subjecting animals to the agony of being caged for life or caught in steel traps, electrocuted, and skinned for toxic fur items – so it's a disgrace that soldiers in the Queen's Guard are still parading around with the fur of bears gunned down in Canada on their caps.”

Meryl Streep meeting Queen Elizabeth II after a Royal Film Performance of 'Kramer vs Kramer' at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, in 1980. [Photo: Getty]

It adds: “We respectfully urge Her Majesty to complete the policy by ordering that the fur be replaced by the humane, luxurious faux bearskin that PETA has helped develop alongside faux-furrier Ecopel and designer Stella McCartney.”

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In recent years, the fashion industry has been held to account by animal rights activists for its use of real animal fur – with the likes of Gucci, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo opting to go fur-free.

Last year, a group of female PETA supporters stormed Fashion Week to protest the industry’s use of fur, donning the painted slogan, ‘Wear Your Own Skin’, across their bodies.