Hey everyone – as you’re no doubt aware, Queen Elizabeth II died last week. The coverage of the Queen’s death has been huge here in the U.S. as it has in many parts of the world; after 70 years on the throne she was the longest-reigning British monarch in history. (Queen Victoria is next, with 63 years.)
My thoughts at one point turned to fragrances worn by the royal family, and if the Internet had any information about fragrances worn by them now and in the past (some of whom are no longer with us). I offer this with no disrespect intended; fragrance has gotten me through some of the darkest times of my life, along with the joyous moments. Here’s what I turned up, with the obvious caveat that I have no idea if this information is correct although it’s from multiple online sources … apologies if I didn’t sort everyone’s correct titles, which I think are being announced. Also, Penhaligon’s posted a statement of remembrance on their website.
Queen Elizabeth II – the internet says she wore either White Rose by Floris, or L’Heure Bleue by Guerlain. Maybe she wore both, who says you have to stick with one scent? These seem likely choices; a green/sweet floral and a powdery heliotrope, both with a respectable lineage.
King Charles III – Green Irish Tweed by Creed. That feels entirely plausible – conservative, and from a prestige UK brand with a French twist.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge – Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon’s – “originally created for the Duke of Marlborough.” Another plausible choice.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge – White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum. That makes sense – a “younger” white floral from a lesser-known brand, although it reportedly sold out when the word initially got out that this is what she wears.
Prince Harry – Davidoff Cool Water. Different in that it’s not Creed or Penhaligon’s, and it’s nice enough. I thought he might wear an edgier scent. But maybe he just wanted something mainstream that smelled good and was less old-school.
Meghan Markle – Côte d’Azur by Oribe … aren’t these the hair-care people? Well, it’s luxe anyway, maybe one of their original hair-care signature scents? No idea having never used their products; it sounds like white flowers and sandalwood. I kind of want to try this and their other two listed scents, which are also available in travel sprays.
Princess Anne – Calèche by Hermès. This aldehydic white floral is the line’s first feminine fragrance. Elegant, correct, and a bit interesting.
Princess Margaret – Oscar by Oscar de La Renta. This makes me smile; I wonder how it smells these days? The mother of a high-school friend wore it and I thought it was lovely at the time.
Princess Diana – the internet lists both Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant and Penhaligon’s Bluebell – more youthful and less “serious” but also classic.
Are any of these favorites of yours? Have you ever tried or bought a fragrance because someone you liked or admired (famous or not) wore it?