THE QUEEN is going fur-free from this year for new additions to her wardrobe, prompting a delighted reaction from animal lovers.
The Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly has revealed that the royal is swapping from animal to faux fur. Writing in The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, she said: “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.”
It comes after the royal family has previously been criticised for wearing cruel fur.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “As new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be fake.
“We are not suggesting that all fur on existing outfits will be replaced or that the Queen will never wear fur again.
“The Queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”
Animal charity Humane Society International (HSI) welcomed the move.
Claire Bass, executive director of HSI/UK, said: “We are thrilled that Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free.
“Queen Elizabeth’s decision to ‘go faux’ is the perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur, and want nothing to do with it.
“Our Head of State going fur-free sends a powerful message that fur is firmly out of fashion and does not belong with Brand Britain.
“The UK banned fur farming almost two decades ago because it was deemed too cruel, now we must finish the job and ban fur sales too.
“We are calling on the British government to follow Her Majesty’s example and make the UK the first country in the world to ban the sale of animal fur.”
Fur farming was banned by England and Wales in 2000 and in Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2002.
HSI is campaigning for the sale of fur in the UK to be outlawed, as the product is still imported from other countries including Finland, Poland and China.
Animal charity PETA’s director of international programmes Mimi Bekhechi said: “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 percent of the British public also refuses to wear real fur.
“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.”
Many fashion designers have banned fur in recent years including Burberry and Gucci.
And in 2018 London Fashion Week went fur-free for the first time.
A British Fur Trade Association spokesman said: “We are pleased that the Queen will continue to wear fur garments contrary to the claims of certain groups.
“Natural sustainable fur that is subject to high animal welfare standards is part of the solution to the problem of fast fashion whilst faux alternatives are made from plastics that unlike natural furs are polluting and do not biodegrade and is why people are choosing to wear the real thing.”