Queen's coronation dress and jewels go on display

The Queen's Coronation Dress and Robe on display at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

A new Buckingham Palace exhibition will bring to life the Queen's Coronation.

The showcase will include the ceremony's fabulous dresses and artefacts as well as private home movies.

The dazzling coronation dress the Queen wore for the ceremony is the centrepiece of the exhibition marking the historic event's 60th anniversary.

Jacob Greaves reports:

The exhibition brings together the dresses, robes and gowns worn by the Queen and her immediate family for the first time since the historic event.

The Queen at Buckingham Palace with her maids of honour after her coronation in Westminster Abbey. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Tables from the two Coronation banquets staged at Buckingham Palace have been recreated with their lavish settings of Georgian porcelain and silver-gilt, and decorations of pink and white roses and carnations.

Tables from the two Coronation banquets staged at Buckingham Palace have been recreated. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Alongside official black and white photographs the exhibition features private movies filmed behind the scenes for the Queen, that show the personal story behind the pomp and ceremony.

The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Duke of Edinburgh in uniform on the balcony. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The films, recorded in colour, features the tender moment of Philip smoothing down his son's hair as they get ready for another photograph.

The Queen Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

At one point when a group picture of the Royal Family and European royals is being set up, the Duke is shown waving his right arm repeatedly to get people on his far right to squeeze into the shot.

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

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut, from the Royal Collection Trust, said the Queen toured the exhibition on Wednesday, adding "she seemed very pleased".

A portrait of the Queen taken in Buckingham Palace after her Coronation. Credit: Sport and General/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

The monarch's gown incorporated 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 Queen left the Abbey for the Palace, is of English purple silk-velvet and is more than 21ft (6.5m) long.

Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Diadem. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Personal items from the coronation, including Charles' framed invitation to the ceremony, are part of the exhibition being staged at Buckingham Palace as part of its summer opening.

Some of the jewels worn by the royal women are on display, including the diamond Halo tiara worn by Margaret and later loaned by the Queen to the Duchess of Cambridge for her wedding in 2011.

  • The Queen's Coronation 1953 exhibition at Buckingham Palace will run from 27th July until 29th September.