Queen Elizabeth Started Rocking the Fruit Print Trend Long Before It Was In

Sorry influencers, Queen Elizabeth just trumped all y’all.

A cursory scroll through Instagram or Pinterest (pick your poison) will tell you fruit prints are very “in” for summer. Melon print on wicker handbags! Citrus on sundresses! Cherries on blouses! And while they might remind this editor of middle school and Limited Too, not even that is far enough back for venerable fashionista Queen Elizabeth.

Why? Because the 93-year-old queen has been rocking fruit prints for decades. This photo of Her Majesty working a very chic cherry-print A-line dress with pussy-bow tie-neck at the 1990 Royal Ascot proves just how ahead of the curve she is—and it’s everything.

queen elizabeth in cherry print dress
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Check out those faux cherries on her navy wide brim hat. Is it just us or is this look more Diane von Furstenberg than Queen Liz? Where’s the bright coat and hat? Where’s the matching umbrella? If it wasn’t for her signature black patent leather handbag and black loafers, we might not believe my eyes.

The smile on her face proves that you can’t wear a fruit print without feeling fun and whimsical. So, next time we’re hitting up brunch in a lemon print wrap dress or living our best picnic-lover life in cherry print shorts, we’ll think of you, Queen Elizabeth, and hope you saved that dress for Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle.


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Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.