June 20 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
An exhibition staged at Buckingham Palace this summer will display some of the coronation outfits worn by the Queen.
It will be the first time the dresses, robes and gowns made for the leading royals for the historic event on June 2 1953 have been brought together in one place.
Curator Caroline de Guitaut said: “The 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation is an extremely auspicious anniversary and it seems very fitting that we should mark it by bringing together this unique display.
“This will be the first time since 1953 that the outfits of the principal royal party have been displayed together.
“As Buckingham Palace itself was very much a focal point for the celebrations on Coronation Day, it is an appropriate setting for visitors to experience something of the atmosphere of that historic day.”
The exhibition will be staged at Buckingham Palace from July 27 to September 29, and will also feature the outfits of the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal.
Charles was aged four when he attended the coronation and wore a cream silk shirt and lace trimmed cuffs with cream woollen trousers and completed his look with black patent shoes with buckles.
Anne was aged two and too young to attend the ceremony but still wore a cream silk and lace gown with a silk sash and silk-covered buttons. On her feet were matching cream, silk ballet pumps.
The display will also include the Duke of Edinburgh’s uniform, robe and coronet, and the dresses and robes worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
Also exhibited will be a number of jewels worn by the Queen on coronation day including the diamond diadem, which features on postage stamps and some banknotes.