Exhibition opens today at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday
The group of outfits, which chart Her Majesty’s life and reign from childhood to the present day, and represent family, official and ceremonial occasions, is the largest display of The Queen’s dress ever shown in Scotland.
For public appearances during childhood, Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret often wore formal dress, such as the pink, princess-line coats and matching bonnets in the exhibition. These outfits were worn by the Princesses, aged nine and five respectively, for a Service of Thanksgiving for the Silver Jubilee of their grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, at St Paul’s Cathedral on 6 May 1935. Princess Elizabeth also wore the coat for an official visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse with their parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.
The largest exhibition of The Queen’s dress and accessories ever shown in Scotland, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be followed by exhibitions at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from 23 July 2016 and at Windsor Castle from 17 September 2016. In total, around 150 outfits worn by The Queen will be presented across the three Palaces, many chosen because of their close association with the location>>.