Brolly good to see you Ma'am! The secret behind the Queen's bespoke see-through umbrellas
12:00 GMT, 9 March 2012
When the Queen was caught in the rain outside St Paul’s Cathedral this week, she flourished a transparent umbrella with a deep red trim which matched her outfit. Coincidence Hardly.
She has a delightful and little-known indulgence: she commissions see-through umbrellas – so the public can see her – that are colour-matched with her clothes.
Mind your red, Ma'am: At St Paul's this week
Poise in turquoise: At a royal garden party, and right, no blue sky for tennis in Surrey
They are made by Fulton in London’s East End. ‘We get the colours pretty spot on,’ says Nigel Fulton.
The Duchess of Cambridge also ordered a black-trimmed matching umbrella, which she carried at the War Horse film premiere in January.
In the pink: A winner at the Epsom derby, and right, she stays dry in Canada in mellow yellow
Deep burgundy: Well it does pour in Belfast, and right, the Queen is electric blue in the Scottish thunder and lightning
All the trimmings: It's a Sandringham Christmas here, and right, the Queen goes for a pukka fuchsia look for the polo