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Historic items from The Queen’s Coronation are up for auction

Signed photographs of the newly crowned Monarch and samples of the dress worn by Elizabeth II at her Coronation are coming under the hammer. The items are part of a rare collection of royal memorabilia that belonged to one of the Queen’s former dressmakers.

Ian Thomas worked with the Queen for over three decades and helped create the famous gown she wore as she was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. He was also responsible for the pale blue dress she wore to the marriage of her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Mr Thomas died in 1993 and, as the Daily Express reports, left his estate to a close friend who passed away themselves in 2015. Now one of that friend’s relatives has put the unique collection of royal items amassed by Mr. Thomas up for auction.

The lots include a framed and signed photo of the Queen taken on her Coronation Day, photos of the Queen Mother and Princess Marina as well as sketches for some of the famous royal creations that Mr Thomas helped bring to life. Other items up for sale include a tea set given to him by the Queen as well as Christmas cards sent to him over the years by Elizabeth II.

The sale is being handled by Amersham Auction Rooms and takes place on October 31st 2019.

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