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Michael was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (founded in 1774), in acknowledgement of his work as a fashion designer in the 1960's and 70's in the couture and ready to wear. Also for his commitment to education and his services within the fashion industry by forging links between the two in the 1980's - and 90's.

Having retired from education in 2000, Michael continues to live a very active life as a Royal fashion expert writing articles for various publications and giving specialist lectures around the country. He is frequently interviewed on BBC Radio and by various TV companies both in Britain and Overseas and will continue to pursue this avenue. (More on Michael - YouTube)

He has enjoyed full capacity audiences at his lectures at the Victoria and Albert Museum and at the National Portrait Gallery, during the Golden Jubilee Year and later at other venues during the Diamond Jubilee Year.

Michael continues to have prestigious engagements in his diary for 2016 and would welcome further commitments, during the 'Queen's Celebratory 90th year.

Michael Talboys F.R.S.A
'The Queen at 90'
On the 26th April 1926, Princess Elizabeth was born, becoming heir presumptive to her father King George VI, on his death in February 1952 she became Queen. She was crowned the following year on the 2nd June 1953 at Westminster Abbey, becoming both Head of State for Great Britain and of the Commonwealth Countries.

In 2015 the Queen became the longest reigning monarch of Great Britain. To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016, this years summer exhibition will show various aspects of her reign, it is called “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen's Wardrobe.”

The exhibition will show clothes she wore both as Princess and as Queen, over a hundred and fifty outfits will be displayed, as worn by the her, in the United Kingdom as well as abroad on State Visits and the Commonwealth Countries. Memorable gowns such as her wedding dress from 1947 designed by Norman Hartnell, who was also to design her Coronation gown of 1953. Both featured stunning embroideries for which he was renowned.

During the long reign the Queen has only patronised a handful of designers, the main ones being Norman Hartnell & Hardy Amies; both to be knighted for their service. During the mid 1970' and 1980's, the Queen turned to Ian Thomas with his very elegant clothes, who had previously been assistant designer to Normal Hartnell. Following his untimely death in 1993, the Queen turned to two other designers for the 90's and who continue to this day. In recent times she has worn outfits devised by Ms Angela Kelly, her personal assistant; who had previously joined the Queen's staff in 2002 as her dresser.

The exhibition will be memorable and a must for royal devotes as well as fashion historians, to beheld in Buckingham Palace during the months of August and September 2016.

Queen Elizabeth II

'Queen Elizabeth's II Coronation gown
by Sir Norman Hartnell.
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