Outfits worn during the Coronation go on display at Buckingham Palace

Now that is just majestic! Outfits worn by King and Queen during the Coronation to go on display at Buckingham Palace

The coronation outfits worn by King Charles and Queen Camilla are to go on public display at Buckingham Palace.

The clothing will form part of a special Coronation exhibition staged in the pale Ballroom to celebrate the historic service held at Westminster Abbey on 6 May. 

Visitors will be able to examine Charles’s Robe of Estate, which he wore as he exited the Abbey. 

Other historic vestments worn at the moment of crowning, including the Coronation Glove, worn to hold the sceptre, the sword belt, which was around his waist, and the Stole Royal, will also be on show.   

Camilla’s dress featuring floral designs to show the couple’s love of nature will also be in the exhibition. 

King Charles pictured in full regalia in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. He is wearing the Robe of Estate, the Imperial State Crown and is holding the Sovereign's Orb and Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross

Royal Collection Trust’s Sally Goodsir, curator of the special display, said: ‘We are delighted that visitors to the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace will have the opportunity to view up close the ensembles worn by Their Majesties for key moments at the Coronation.

‘We hope that visitors will enjoy learning about the incredible craftsmanship involved and discovering the history and personal associations behind Their Majesties’ Coronation ensembles.’ 

The Coronation display can be seen as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, from 14 July – 24 September 2023, with tickets available through the Royal Collection Trust website. 

The display will focus on Charles’s Robe of Estate, which he wore on Buckingham Palace balcony to wave at fans. 

The historically significant item was worn by his grandfather King George VI for his Coronation in 1937 and is made of purple silk velvet with gold lace.

The King’s cream silk overshirt, worn throughout the service, and the Purple Coronation Tunic, will also be on show. 

As too will the Stole Royal – which was presented to the King by The Prince of Wales during the service and worn for the moment of crowning.

The stole was newly created and embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework from a design prepared by the Royal College of Arms. 

Queen Camilla is pictured in The Green Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace. She is wearing Queen Mary's Crown and Robe of Estate

The monarchs are pictured in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace after the historic coronation

And it was inspired by the stole worn by Queen Elizabeth II for her Coronation in 1953.

Its design features a series of roundels, set in a gold chain framework and applied to cloth of gold. 

The embroidered images included the emblems of the United Kingdom – a dove of peace , a Tudor Crown, and a pattern inspired by the Cosmati Pavement in Westminster Abbey.

The Coronation Glove, worn to hold the Sovereign’s Sceptre, and the King’s girdle – also worn by King George VI at his Coronation in 1937 – will also be on display. 

Royal fans who flock to see the items will no doubt note the theme of nature present on many of the clothes. 

The King’s overshirt’s collar and cuffs feature embroidered oak leaves and acorns, while the tunic is made of purple satin and trimmed with gold artillery lace. 

While the Queen’s Coronation coat dress – designed by Bruce Oldfield -was made from silk and featured silver and gold embroidered floral designs intertwined with celebratory bunting. 

It was decorated with swathes of wildflowers including daisy chains, forgetme-nots, celandine and scarlet pimpernel.

The front hem area of the underskirt and the cuffs are embroidered with the floral emblems of the four nations of the United Kingdom  – rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Camilla’s robe of estate will also be on show. 

The item was made in rich purple velvet by Ede and Ravenscroft, and designed and hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework using goldwork – a technique that dates back more than a thousand years. 

The robe’s design draws on themes of nature and the environment, featuring the floral emblems of the United Kingdom and a further 20 plants chosen for their personal associations. 

These include Lily of the Valley, which featured in Her Majesty’s wedding bouquet and was a favourite flower of the late Queen Elizabeth, and Delphinium, a favourite of the King. 

For the first time on a Coronation robe, the design also features insects, including bees, butterflies, a beetle and a caterpillar. 



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