The Queen’s move follows in the footsteps of Elizabeth II, who, in 2019, indicated she would acquire no new real-fur products.

That did not mean she stopped wearing existing items, though – and the Queen’s letter to Peta does not rule this out either.

An International Fur Federation spokesman rejected the criticism of real fur.

“It is the right of everyone to decide what to wear,” he said.

“Many people still buy fur as they prefer to wear something that’s natural and sustainable, unlike plastic-based fake fur.

“We hope the Royal Family consider the environment when they decide what to wear – but freedom of choice is the key issue.”

The Queen’s move away from buying real fur is the latest royal response to concerns about animal welfare: