The Queen charms Australia

Last updated 17:22 26/10/2011

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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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