Queen's coronation outfit on show for 60th anniversary

Queen Elizabeth II in the Throne room at Buckingham Palace after her Coronation. Photo: PA/PA Archive

The majestic coronation outfits worn by the Queen and leading royals are to be the centrepiece of a major new exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary.

The special exhibition at Buckingham Palace brings together an array of dresses, robes and gowns made for the Queen and her immediate family for the first time since the historic event on June 2 1953.

The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal family. Credit: PA/PA Archive

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.

– Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut

The display will include the Queen's white satin coronation dress which was created by the couturier Norman Hartnell and incorporates embroidered national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold, silver and pastel-coloured silks, encrusted with pearls, crystals and sequins.

The robe of estate, worn when the monarch left the Abbey for Buckingham Palace, is of English purple silk-velvet and is more than 6.5 metres long.

It took members of the Royal School of Needlework 3,500 hours to embroider the robe with wheat ears and olive branches, representing peace and prosperity.

The exhibition will be staged during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace and will also feature the outfits of the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal.

Royal Collection Curator Caroline de Guitaut shows the outfits worn by two-year old Princess Anne four year old Prince Charles. Credit: PA Wire

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.

  • The Queen's coronation exhibition at Buckingham Palace will be staged from July 27 to September 29.
  • Advance tickets and visitor information is available at www.royalcollection.org.uk