The Queen made headlines yesterday when it emerged she no longer uses fur in her outfits after making the switch to ‘faux’ this year.
However the monarch, 93, is far from the only royal who enjoys wrapping up in a fur coat, or bracing against a winter’s chill in a fur-trimmed hat.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne and Princess Michael of Kent have all stepped out in fur, while Duchess of Cornwall faced such a backlash over one particular fur hat that she commissioned a set of faux lookalikes.
Indeed the Duchess of Sussex is thought to be the only high profile royal woman who has never been seen in fur, instead favouring cruelty-free brands and vegan designers.
Speaking to FEMAIL, etiquette expert said it was likely other royal women would soon follow the Queen’s lead and move away from fur.
‘Where The Queen leads, others follow,’ he said. ‘I would be very surprised if senior members of the royal family were now seen again in real fur, however it may be sourced.
‘The royal family have many functions and adapting with the times in order to stay relevant and to survive is key.’
PRINCESS ANNE: REAL FUR, BUT RECYCLED
Among Princess Anne’s recycled favourites is a Yvette Jalfs black fur hat, which wore with a winter warmer coat – also thought to have a fur trim – to meet church dignitaries in 1983, left. She sported the look twice more for Christmas services at Sandringham (right in 2008)
There is a second black hat, also believed to be fur, that the princess has worn on a number of occasions, including Christmas at Sandringham in 2000 (left) and in 2014 (right)
Princess Anne is considered Britain’s most frugal royals and is famed for recycling dresses, hats and handbags year after year – including favourite fur pieces.
Among them is a Yvette Jalfs black fur hat, which she was first seen wearing with a winter warmer coat – also thought to have a fur trim – in 1976.
There was a hint of white wool scarf and her classic Grima pearls glistened in her ears. In 1983, Anne returned to the outfit for a meeting with church dignitaries, adding a silver brooch.
A blue scarf and bag were the only changes in 2003, and she sported the look twice more for Christmas services at Sandringham, each time keeping warm with the fur.
There is a second black hat, also believed to be fur, that the princess has worn on a number of occasions. This winter accessory is larger and features a chunkier rounded brim.
DUCHESS OF CORNWALL: CLEVER FAUX FUR LOOKALIKES
The Duchess of Cornwall switched to wearing fake fur hats after being hit by a barrage of criticism for sporting a real fur creation. Pictured, in her faux Lock & Co hat in 2017
The fake fur hats are all the same design, but come in a variety of colours including deep pink, black, brown, slate and tweed. Pictured, two of the hats, as seen in 2015 (left) and March (right)
The Duchess of Cornwall switched to wearing fake fur hats after being hit by a barrage of criticism for sporting a real fur creation.
The Duchess was roundly berated for the real fur Russian-style hat she wore at the Royal Family’s Sandringham Christmas Day church service in 2010.
The offending Russian-style hat was apparently made from ‘vintage fur’ that belonged to her grandmother and was upcycled by milliner Philip Treacy – but the criticism stung.
Since then, she has bought six bespoke fake fur-trimmed hats from upmarket firm Lock & Co – and was seen proudly wearing one at Christmas in 2017.
Her fake fur hats are all the same design, but come in a variety of colours including deep pink, black, brown, slate and tweed.
Camilla has relied on these ethical accessories on a number of high profile outings in the years since.
PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT: ALL-OUT FUR
Princess Michael of Kent makes an entrance at the Italian Ambassador’s Residence in 2009
Princess Michael of Kent wraps up in a fur coat and hat in December 2006 (left) and chooses a luxurious fur trimmed shawl to join her husband at the Queen’s 80th birthday party that year
Princess Michael of Kent, wife of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, is known for her ostentatious sense of style.
It is perhaps of little surprise, then, that the 74-year-old favours fur when it comes to wrapping up on a night out.
The royal has worn lavish fur coats to a number of high profile black tie functions, including a 2009 evening at the Italian Ambassador’s Residence and to the Queen’s 80th birthday party in 2006.
More recently, Princess Michael donned a fur-trimmed coat for a night out at celebrity hangout Scott’s in London in 2017 and sported fur while stepping out with Tiffany Trump in the capital in January.
DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: FAIR TRADE FUR
Kate pictured wearing a chestnut brown alpaca fur £225 Sumac hat by Lacorine, made in Peru, as she visits Oslo last year (left) and Kate in black alpaca fur hat that same week when she visited Nobel Museum in Stockholm (right)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wearing otter fur scarfs on the day they were given them while visiting a tribe in Canada in 2016
Kate has been pictured wearing fur hats made from alpacas who have died of natural causes.
The Duchess was seen in a chestnut brown £225 hat by Lacorine, made in Peru under the fairtrade label by local artisans, when she visited Oslo last year.
The royal was also seen wearing a black alpaca fur hat earlier that same week when she visited the Nobel Museum in Stockholm.
Kate and Prince William were slammed by animal rights activists in 2016 when they were shown wearing otter fur scarves they had been given while visiting the First Nations Haida Community during an official tour of Canada.
The scarves were given by the tribe as a sign of welcome and respect.
The International Fur Trade Federation accused her of wearing an animal fur bobble hat when she was pictured in the garment in London in 2012.
However, Buckingham Palace quickly corrected them, and revealed the hat was, in fac