However, while the 93-year-old monarch's future
garments will be made with fake fur, she will not dispose of old
outfits adorned in real fur.
"As new outfits are designed for The Queen, any fur used will be
fake," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.
"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."
Over the years, the queen has been photographed in an array of
fully fur or fur-trimmed outfits including evening stoles,
ceremonial robes, winter hats and coats.
Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) welcomed the move.
"We're raising a glass of gin and Dubonnet to the Queen's
compassionate decision to go fur-free," PETA UK wrote on its
The news follows steps by several fashion houses to go fur-free
and improve their green and ethical credentials as consumers
became more environmentally aware.
Last year, London Fashion Week, a trade event where designers
present their latest creations on the catwalk, declared itself
fur-free for the first time.
(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by Mike Collett-White)
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