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King Charles III

Buckingham Palace features a special touch for a new reign as it opens for summer tours

Every summer, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to tourists for a limited time giving people the chance to explore one of the world’s most famous palaces. With the new reign of King Charles and Queen Camilla, this year’s visitors will get an extra-special experience.

The Coronation outfits worn by Their Majesties are on public display for the first time this summer. The special display is part of the summer opening of the State Rooms. This year is another special occasion for the palace as it marks 30 years since doors first opened to the public in 1993.

During the tour, people will get to see the outfits in the ballroom which was used as a Coronation rehearsal space. The display will feature the outfits as its centre but will include jewellery and the insignia worn by Their Majesties as they left Westminster Abbey to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Alongside the Coronation ensembles will be historic vestments worn by The King when he was crowned.

The King wore a robe by his great-grandfather, King George V and his grandfather, King George VI for the historic occasion. The robe was conserved by robemakers Ede and Ravenscroft. As for The Queen, her robe was newly made for the occasion by the same robemakers and was hand embroidered with help from the Royal School of Needlework. Her robe and the dress she wore had drawings to represent themes of nature, the environment and Their Majesties’ affection for nature and the British countryside.

Along with the nature and environment-related touches, one might notice a few more personal details on The Queen’s Coronation dress. She had the names of her children and grandchildren embroidered in gold along with depictions of Bluebell and Beth, her Jack Russell Terriers. The Coronation necklace, originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858 will be apart of the display. It has been worn at every Coronation since 1902.

During the tour, people will also be able to see the Chairs of Estate which were used during the first stages of the Coronation. These will be in the Throne Room along with the Throne Chairs used by Their Majesties. These chairs were made for previous Coronations and are conserved by the Royal Household and Royal Collection Trust. Additional conservation and new embroidery were provided by the Royal School of Needlework.

In the State Entrance portico, the Diamond Jubilee State Couch which took The King and Queen to The Abbey for the Coronation Service will be on display. By purchasing a Royal Day Out ticket, you can combine your visit to the State Rooms with a trip to the Royal Mews, which allows an opportunity to see the Gold State Coach which took The King and Queen from The Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The Gold State Coach has been used at every Coronation since King William IV’s in 1831.

Designs for the Coronation invitation and the Anointing Screen will also be on display. The Anointing Screen was recently displayed at Westminster Abbey following the Coronation.

The State Rooms are open until 24 September. For more information and to buy tickets, you can click here.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.