The Queen charms Australia

For the second time, the Queen opens the (rebuilt) Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital during her short visit to Melbourne. The last time was in 1963.
For the second time, the Queen opens the (rebuilt) Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital during her short visit to Melbourne. The last time was in 1963.
The Queen and Prince Philip at the opening of the new Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne.
The Queen and Prince Philip at the opening of the new Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne.
The Queen and wife of Victorian Governor Elizabeth Chernov on Majesty's arrival at Melbourne Airport.
The Queen and wife of Victorian Governor Elizabeth Chernov on Majesty's arrival at Melbourne Airport.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Melbourne Airport.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Melbourne Airport.
The Queen opens the new Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne and meets formerly conjoined twin girls, Trishna and Krishna.
The Queen opens the new Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne and meets formerly conjoined twin girls, Trishna and Krishna.
The Queen collects bouquets of flowers from children at Federation Square in Melbourne.
The Queen collects bouquets of flowers from children at Federation Square in Melbourne.
The Queen meets with Australian Defence Force personel and veterans, in the Orientation Gallery in Canberra on Tuesday.
The Queen meets with Australian Defence Force personel and veterans, in the Orientation Gallery in Canberra on Tuesday.
The Queen is accompanied by General (Retired) Peter Cosgrove, Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Board, as she walks the cloisters at the War Memorial in Canberra on Tuesday.
The Queen is accompanied by General (Retired) Peter Cosgrove, Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Board, as she walks the cloisters at the War Memorial in Canberra on Tuesday.
The Queen , escorted by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh , with the Duke of Edinburgh behind, as she tours Southbank , in Brisbane.
The Queen , escorted by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh , with the Duke of Edinburgh behind, as she tours Southbank , in Brisbane.
The Queen and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh visit a koala at the Lone Pine wildlife Pic , as she tours Southbank , in Brisbane, Queensland.
The Queen and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh visit a koala at the Lone Pine wildlife Pic , as she tours Southbank , in Brisbane, Queensland.
The Queen receives flowers from children as she leaves St John's Church, Reid, on Sunday
The Queen receives flowers from children as she leaves St John's Church, Reid, on Sunday
The Queen showed her frugal side on Sunday, attending church in the dress she wore to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding.
The Queen showed her frugal side on Sunday, attending church in the dress she wore to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding.
Her Majesty The Queen inspects the guard during the presentation of new colours at the Royal Military College Duntroon in Canberra on Saturday.
Her Majesty The Queen inspects the guard during the presentation of new colours at the Royal Military College Duntroon in Canberra on Saturday.

Looking resplendent in pink, Queen Elizabeth has re-opened the same Melbourne children's hospital she opened during her 1963 tour of Australia.

Then, the outfit was more muted than today's "shocking pink" ensemble but the style remained the same - bright, block colours, white gloves and a pearl necklace - matched by a pearly white smile.

It is a look that has become iconic for Queen Elizabeth, which she began during her first tour of the Commonwealth just a year after her coronation.

During that tour, the Queen commissioned no less that 100 outfits from designers.

Norman Hartnell created coronation clothes, her wedding gown and shimmering satin outfits for state occasions, while Hardy Amies took care of her daytime wardrobe.

Changing little over the years her signature style outfits have even been recycled.

On Monday, for example, the Queen wore the same lemon yellow outfit to meet film star Geoffrey Rush that she donned for her grandson William's wedding earlier this year.

Such is her influence, even small children want to follow her example.

During the Melbourne visit today, The Age reported at least two little girls dressed in pink outfits just the same shade as the Queen's.

Charlotte Quin, 3, from Riddles Creek was dressed in a pink sparkly dress with ''princess'' on the front and brought the Queen a bunch of roses from her grandmother's garden, the Age said.

Charlotte said she picked off all the thorns so the Queen would not hurt herself.

One of Australia's famed conjoined twins, Trishna and Krishna, who presented a posy to HRH, was also dressed in pink. The pair were separated at the former hospital in 2009.

The Royal Children's Hospital visit would be followed by a trip to Federation Square and a journey on a train.

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