For the first time since Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation, dress, jewelry and artifacts used during the day is to be displayed at a special exhibition for the summer opening of Buckingham Palace.
“The Queen’s Coronation 1953” will open on July 27 featuring the Queen’s coronation dress and robe, created by Norman Hartnell, according to exhibition organizers The Royal Collection Trust.
The display will also include the dress, robes and uniform worn by the principal members of the royal family: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.
Also to be displayed alongside the Queen’s dress are the clothes worn by four-year-old Prince Charles—then Duke of Cornwall—and two-year-old Princess Anne.
In addition to walking through some of the spaces that were used for portraits inside Buckingham Palace, the visitors will also get a chance to see the Coronation Necklace, made for Queen Victoria by R. & S. Garrard & Co. in 1858. The necklace earned its name because it was worn by all queen consorts in the early 20th century during coronation day, according to exhibition organizers.
The Queen’s Diamond Diadem, which she wore on the way to Westminister Abbey, will also go on display.
Other items to be available to view by visitors are the coronation pen used by the Queen to sign the oath, the coronation order of service, and Prince Charles’ personal invitation to the coronation.
The exhibition closes on September 29.
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