Queen Elizabeth, 93, will no longer be wearing fur, according to her longtime dresser Angela Kelly.
"If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm," Kelly explained in her new bookThe Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, which was released last week.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed the major sartorial change, although they did clarify that the queen may be seen in older outfits that were previously created with fur.
"As new outfits are designed for the queen, any fur used will be fake. 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," the palace said in a statement to Harper's Bazaar.
From the annual grouse hunt and Boxing Day to the fur-lined Robe of State worn on coronations, many longstanding royal traditions have angered animal lovers around the world. As such, Her Majesty's decision to stop wearing fur was praised by animal rights activists around the UK and was seen as a major step for animal welfare.
"Queen Elizabeth's decision to 'go faux' is the perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur, and want nothing to do with it," said Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International, told The Telegraph.
As reported by the publication, the United Kingdom banned fur farming two decades ago, but animal activists like Bass are hoping the queen's decision to stop wearing fur will influence future enactments on animal welfare and ban the sale of fur entirely.
"We are calling on the British Government to follow Her Majesty's example and make the UK the first country in the world to ban the sale of animal fur," said Bass.