Queen to display some of her most precious jewels and outfits as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be marked with three special displays next summer, each commemorating significant occasions in her reign – the accession, the coronation and previous jubilees.

Her Majesty’s Coronation dress, her robe of estate and the first official portraits taken of her as sovereign will be among items on display at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The outfits the Queen wore to celebrate her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees will also feature.

At the summer opening of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace, portraits of the Queen taken by Dorothy Wilding will be on display, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the sittings.

The photographs were taken 20 days after the Queen ascended the throne on Feb 6 1952.

In 1937, Ms Wilding became the first official female royal photographer when she was appointed to take the portraits at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

The series of photographs are described as “remarkable” for their modern, emblematic approach, later forming the basis of the Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, and providing the official portrait of the newly crowned monarch sent to every British embassy throughout the world. 

The Dorothy Wilding portrait of The Queen in 1952 that later formed the basis of her image on postage stamps

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Twenty-four of the original set of 59 photographs will go on show.

Caroline de Guitaut, the 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.”

Also at Buckingham Palace will be the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, a wedding gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, later Queen Mary, when she married the future King George V in 1893. 

The diamond tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co for R & S. Garrard. Queen Mary gave it to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, as a wedding present when she married Prince Philip on Nov 20 1947.

The Queen’s coronation dress and Robe of Estate

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At Windsor Castle, the centrepiece of the displays will be the Queen’s coronation dress and Robe of Estate worn during her coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2 1953. 

Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in white duchesse satin, embroidered in a lattice-work effect featuring national and Commonwealth floral emblems. 

The Robe of Estate, made by the royal robe-makers Ede and Ravenscroft, was embroidered at the Royal School of Needlework, and worn as the Queen left the Abbey.

The design features wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising peace and prosperity, which formed the inspiration for a range of commemorative china launched last week to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee.

Outfit worn by The Queen on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee in 1977, designed by Sir Hardy Amies, and a matching hat by Simone Mirman

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The Queen wearing the outfit

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At the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, will be outfits worn by the Queen on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees. 

They include the pink crepe and chiffon dress, coat and stole designed by royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies and worn at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 7 1977. 

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