Queen’s wardrobe to go on display: Silver Jubilee dress and coronation robe will feature in a trio of exhibitions at Windsor, Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse to mark the Platinum Jubilee

  • Trio of Platinum Jubilee exhibitions to be staged at royal residences next year
  • Ensembles to be displayed at Windsor, Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse 
  • Portraits and jewellery from the Queen’s private collection will also be shown 

The pastel pink dress worn by the Queen to her Silver Jubilee celebrations will go on display as part of a trio of exhibitions being staged to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee next year.  

The Royal Collection is staging the displays commemorating the Queen’s accession, coronation and jubilees at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2022. 

Details of the exhibition were revealed today after the Queen was forced to miss the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph due to a sprained back. 

The pastel pink dress worn by the Queen to her Silver Jubilee celebrations will go on display as part of a trio of exhibitions being staged to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee next year

Among the pieces to go on show in the Display Of Jubilee Outfits exhibition at Holyroodhouse is the pink silk crepe and chiffon dress, coat and stole worn by the Queen to mark 25 years of her reign in June 1977. Pictured, the Queen marking her Silver Jubilee in the pink ensemble

Among the pieces to go on show in the Display Of Jubilee Outfits exhibition at Holyroodhouse is the pink silk crepe and chiffon dress, coat and stole worn by the Queen to mark 25 years of her reign in June 1977. 

The ensemble was designed by royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies and a matching hat by milliner Simone Mirman. 

The Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation exhibition, to be staged at Windsor Castle, will feature the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by the Queen for her 1953 coronation.

The third exhibition, Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession will feature historic photographic portraits of the head of state taken just 20 days after she acceded to the throne.   

The famous series of pictures by Dorothy Wilding formed the basis of the young monarch’s image on millions of stamps between 1953 and 1971, as well as providing the official portrait sent to every British embassy around the world.

The Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation exhibition, to be staged at Windsor Castle, will feature the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by the Queen for her 1953 coronation 

The Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate, as seen in this photograph taken by Cecil Beaton. It will go on display alongside the dress at the Platinum Jubilee: Queen’s Coronation exhibition

The Queen’s Coronation Dress is regarded as one of the most important examples of twentieth-century design. It was created by British couturier Sir Normal Hartnell

Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the displays, said: ‘Wilding’s mastery of lighting and simple black or white backgrounds combined with elegant evening dresses and glittering jewels ensured these portraits remain some of the most memorable images of the Queen.

‘Their historic significance resonates all the more greatly given their depiction of the longest reigning monarch in British history.’

Visitors will also be able to take a closer look at items from the Queen’s personal jewellery collection which she wore for Wilding’s sittings.

Among the priceless pieces on show will be the Queen’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara – an heirloomed wedding gift given to her by her grandmother, Queen Mary, when Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.

Known as Granny’s Tiara, it is one of the Queen’s favourite and most treasured pieces and she often wears the glittering headpiece, made of diamonds in a festoon and scroll design, to state banquets. 

The third exhibition, Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession will feature historic photographic portraits of the head of state taken just 20 days after she acceded to the throne, including this one

Plans for the exhibitions were revealed the day after the Queen missed the Remembrance Sunday service for the first time in 22 years due to a sprained back.

The 95-year-old monarch has been on doctors’ orders to rest for more than three weeks since spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests on October 20.

She is set to reach 70 years on the throne on February 6 2022, with the national celebrations taking place over a four-day bank holiday weekend of festivities in June.

Two other new exhibitions will showcase some of the Royal Collection’s finest works next year.

Japan: Courts And Culture at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, will tell the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families from April 8 2022 to March 12 2023.

The Masterpieces From Buckingham Palace exhibition, which brings together more than 30 of the most important Old Master paintings in the Royal Collection, will be at Holyroodhouse from March to September 2022.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession is at Buckingham Palace from July 22 to October 2 2022, while Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation will be at Windsor Castle from July 7 to September 26 2022.

The Platinum Jubilee display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will run from July to September 2022.

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