Buckingham Palace celebrates Queen’s Coronation

Date Posted: 23/05/2013

A special exhibition during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s Coronation 1953 will run from 27th July to 29th September and will bring together an array of the dress, uniform and robes worn for the historic event. 

Paintings recording the event, works of art and objects used on the day, will be included to help recreate the atmosphere of that moment and the pageantry of a state occasion that has remained essentially unchanged for 1,000 years.

A recreation of the inaugural event

The Palace’s Ballroom will be transformed into the centre of the largest-ever exhibition about the Coronation. Here, the dress, robes and uniforms worn by the principal royal party will be brought together for the first time since.

Teachers taking school groups to see the exhibition will be able to see an array of original dress, robes and uniforms on display.

These include HRH The Queen’s coronation dress and robe; the uniform, robe and Coronet of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; the dress and robe of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; the dress and robe of HRH The Princess Margaret; and the outfits worn on the day by two-year-old Princess Anne and four-year-old Prince Charles.

Self-guided school visits to the State Rooms

Self-guided school groups are met at the visitors’ entrance and taken to collect their children’s audio guides: the children’s audio guide includes highlights to look out for in each room as well as interactive questions.

On exiting the State Rooms, children will be offered an activity trail to use along the garden path.

For further school trip information visit www.royalcollection.org.uk.

Pictured: Coronation portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1953, Cecil Beaton (Photo credit: Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013).

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