Queen Elizabeth’s Creepy Wax Figure Gets a Makeover

Just in time for September 9, when the human Queen becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch

Stylists Jane Anderson and Luisa Compabassi pose with the re-styled wax figure of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Stylists Jane Anderson and Luisa Compabassi re-style Queen Elizabeth II’s wax figure. (Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

What better occasion for a stylish makeover than breaking a long-held royal record?

Today in London, stylists at Madam Tussauds hurried to “refresh” Queen Elizabeth II’s decidedly nightmare-inducing wax figure in time for Wednesday, September 9: the day on which Elizabeth—the non-wax, human version, that is—officially becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The title is currently held by Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901—a total of 63 years, seven months and two days, according to the BBC.

The crown must be polished to its full sparkling glory, of course. (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

The crown must be polished to its full sparkling glory, of course. (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne at age 25, after her father King George VI’s death in 1952.

The Queen’s wax figure is dressed in a recreation of her Diamond Jubilee dress. She wore the original dress—a crystal-studden gown designed by in-house couturier Angela Kelly—in 2012 to celebrate 60 years on the throne.

The same goes for the rest of her jewelry. (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

The same goes for the rest of her jewelry. (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Judging by the photos, the Wax Queen’s so-called “refreshing” did not appear to include any drastic makeover procedures. Stylists Jane Anderson and Juisa Compabassi appear to have polished her jewelry, straightened her crown, and made sure her shiny white hair curled just right. (On another note, at what beauty school does one train to become a stylist of royal wax figures? Is there a specific career path for this?)

Ah, the royal lint brush. (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Ah, the royal lint brush. (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

While her wax counterpart is holding down the fort at Madame Tussauds, Queen Elizabeth will reportedly spend September 9 as any royal would: traveling via steam train in Scotland to inaugurate a new railway line. Later that night, she will host a celebratory dinner at Balmoral Castle with Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton as guests. Whether Prince George and Princess Charlotte join, or stay home with their Mary Poppins lookalike nanny remains to be seen.

Queen Elizabeth’s Creepy Wax Figure Gets a Makeover