The coronation gown worn by Elizabeth II in 1953

The coronation gown warn by Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: PA

The Queen’s Coronation gown was designed by British fashion designer Sir Norman Hartnell. It was made from white satin and featured embroidered floral details to represent each country then ruled by Elizabeth II: the English Tudor rose, the Welsh Leek, the Scots thistle, the Australian wattle, the New Zealand fern, protea for South Africa, two lotus flowers for India and Ceylon, wheat, cotton and jute for Pakistan.

Eight months in the making, the Queen is reported to have declared it 'glorious' the first time she saw it and wore it six more times after coronation day, including at the opening of parliaments in New Zealand and Australia in 1954 and Canada in 1957.