The Queen’s coronation was a spectacular occasion. On 2nd June 1953, hundreds of thousands filled the Mall to witness the royal procession, flypast and illumination in a show of State pageantry a millennia-old. 60 years later, The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace is set to recreate the atmosphere of this historic occasion as it opens a special Queen’s Coronation Exhibition from 27th July – 29th September.
Featuring the largest-ever collection of coronation artefacts, ceremonial dresses, robes, uniforms and jewels will all be on-show in the Palace’s Ballroom. In turn, the State rooms will be dressed to reflect the opulence of the occasion with guests invited to see the State Dining Room dressed to impress in a spectacular setting of porcelain, silver-gilt and flowers.
Highlights of the exhibition will include the Queen’s white satin Coronation Dress, designed by British couturier Norman Hartnell. Embroidered with national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold, silver and pastel silks and encrusted with pearls, crystals and sequins it’s certainly a show stopper. Also in the cabinets will be the Queen’s iconic Diamond Diadem, best-known from the postage stamps and banknotes, and Queen Victoria’s Coronation Necklace and Earrings.
Set within the magnificent rooms of Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s Coronation 1953 Exhibition is the ideal backdrop for a moment of royal nostalgia. The most complete collection yet, The Summer Opening provides a brilliant revival of this national memory. Not to be missed!