The Queen no longer uses fur in her outfits, having switched to fake fur this year, her senior dresser has revealed.
Angela Kelly, the head of state’s personal adviser and confidante, made the disclosure in her book about her close relationship with the monarch, The Other Side Of The Coin.
She wrote: ‘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.’
Buckingham Palace today confirmed the move to FEMAIL, saying: ‘As new outfits are designed for the queen any fur used will be fake.’
They also said they ‘would not speculate’ on whether any fur coats already owned by the Queen could still be worn, or if any new crowns or state robes made for the monarch would contain animal fur.
This means the 93-year-old could still wear fur clothes already in her wardrobe, and animal fur could be placed in any new crowns or state robes purchased for the reigning monarch.
The move is believed to make the Queen the first member of the royal family to publicly shun real fur.
The Queen will not be buying more clothes containing real fur, the palace has said. She is pictured here wearing a brown fur coat when she attended church in Norfolk in 2015 on Christmas day, and wearing a fur coat in 1963
The Queen’s move may not apply to real furs that are used in state robes and official gowns. Here the Queen is pictured wearing a white fur, believed to be fake, at the state opening of parliament in 2009
The Queen came under fire from animal rights campaigners in 2010 for wearing a cream-coloured fur hat made from fox hair when she attended church at Sandringham on Christmas day
Her Majesty was pictured wearing a brown fur coat to attend a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Norfolk, in 2015, and in a fox-fur-lined coat and fox-fur hat as she attended St Mary’s Church in Sandringham for Christmas in 2010.
The United Kingdom was the first country in the world to outlaw fur farming on ethical grounds in 2000.
Sparking rumours that the Queen would officially go fur free Angela Kelly, who has worked for the monarch for 25 years, told Vogue: ‘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.’
Animal rights activists at Animal Aid said that the move was ‘positive’ but called on the Queen to extend the policy to ceremonial garments.
‘With growing awareness about the terrible cruelty caused by fur production, it is certainly positive to hear that the Queen will no longer be using real fur in her new outfits,’ they said in a statement.
The Queen wearing a brown fur coat in Winnipeg, in Canada, in 2002 during celebrations of her Royal Golden Jubilee
The Queen enjoys a performance in Winnipeg, Canada, wearing the brown fur coat in 2002
Her majesty was also pictured sporting the same coat when she visited Green Park underground station in 1969
‘It is abhorrent that to this day, animals are still condemned to appalling suffering for the sake of fashion, and we are encouraged that the Queen is taking steps to avoid contributing to this.
‘We hope that this policy will also extend to ceremonial garments such as robes.
In 2015 her majesty wrapped up warm against the December chill with a brown fur coat, drawing criticism from animal rights campaigners.
The monarch was also seen wearing the same fur coat to Sandringham in 2013, when she attended celebrations for her Golden Jubilee in Canada in 2002 and when she tried out Green Park station, London, in 1969.
In 2010 the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall wore Russian-style fox fur hats when they attended church on Christmas Day.
At the time the director of Animal Aid, Andrew Tyler, accused the royals of an ‘ostentatious display of cruelty’.
‘To parade fur in 2010 says something unpleasant about the person wearing it.’
The hats were made from ‘vintage fur’ by designer milliner Philip Treacy and used furs that had belonged to the Duchess’s mother.
Although fur farms became illegal in the UK in 2000, it is still legal to import fur from other countries. This industry was estimated to be worth £70million to Britain last year, according to the Humane Society.