Members of the royal family are known for setting many a sartorial trend. Whether it was Kate Middleton reinventing the modest wedding dress or Meghan Markle championing the cape gown, the royal stamp of approval makes for an instant classic. But what about their tastes for the ephemeral—specifically, the personal scent?
You can’t see perfume or cologne, but it leaves an indelible mark on the memory. Not to mention it can elevate just about any outfit, moment, or mood. The right spritz can put a bounce in one’s step or make one feel utterly sophisticated—so there’s no better group of individuals to model one’s fragrance tastes after than the regal ladies of the royal family.
For her 2011 wedding to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a springtime scent that was redolent with buttery white floral notes by little-known British Perfumer Illuminum.
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Much like her future daughter-in-law, Princess Diana picked a soft white floral scent for her wedding day in 1981. The late Princess of Wales wore Houbiquant’s Quelques Fleurs, a sumptuous blend of tuberose, jasmine, lily of the valley, and rose to marry Prince Charles.
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Lubin, a storied French fragrance house (and one of the nation’s oldest) uncovered a formula for the fragrance that they made for the Queen prior to her death. So in 2011 they created a reincarnation with a mix of rose, jasmine, cinnamon, incense, and sandalwood, and named it Black Jade. If wealth were a smell, it would certainly be this.
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Grace Kelly famously wore a fragrance from Creed, a royal favorite since 1780, to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. Her husband-to-be had in fact commissioned Fleurissimo as a wedding day gift for his bride. The aristocratic spritz dries down to a bouquet of tuberose, violet, iris, and Bulgarian rose.
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Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth reportedly wears Guerlain L’Heure Bleue, a spicy citrus with a powdery dry down. It’s been a classic for the fragrance house ever since the scent was created in 1912.
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In an interview with the Express, the Duchess of Sussex explained that she loves fragrance so much that she has three that she alternates between, including Wild Bluebell by Jo Malone London.