fashion
fashion

Queen's Diary Exhibit Opens at Buckingham Palace

On view through October 1, the show includes 250 of Her Majesty's couture gowns, bespoke hats and ceremonial costumes.

By

The Queen’s Year exhibition, which opened this week at London’s Buckingham Palace, makes a good case for a pay raise for the 84-year-old British monarch. Staged just weeks after the British government chose not to increase her annual taxpayer-funded Civil List payment of 7.9 million pounds, or $12.3 million at current exchange, the show brings to life some of the 250 annual royal commitments Her Majesty has been called to attend, with all the couture gowns, bespoke hats and ceremonial costumes they require. Part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, the exhibit is divided into seasons and highlights royal engagements including The Queen’s Speech, which is broadcast to the nation on Christmas Day; The Royal Variety Performance, a gala evening of family entertainment held in the winter, and Royal Ascot, the horse race she has attended every summer since 1945. Additionally, the Queen’s Robe of State — a red velvet cape with an 18-foot-long ermine-trimmed train that was made in 1953 and worn by Queen Elizabeth II at the annual State Opening of Parliament — is on display for the first time. There is also a selection of colorful floral hats by milliners including Philip Somerville and Rachel Trevor-Morgan that were worn by the Queen at Royal Ascot; a Norman Hartnell sequined and bead-embellished gold gown, worn at a royal film performance of “West Side Story” in 1962, and a gold tunic worn by a State Trumpeter.

 

The exhibit, in one of the palace’s State Rooms, stays open to the public through Oct. 1. For details, visit royalcollection.org.uk.

load comments

ADD A COMMENT

Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account, or simply type your comment below as a guest by entering your email and name. Your email address will not be shared. Please note that WWD reserves the right to remove profane, distasteful or otherwise inappropriate language.
News from WWD
Newsletters

Sign upSign up for WWD and FN newsletters to receive daily headlines, breaking news alerts and weekly industry wrap-ups.

LatestPublications
getIsArchiveOnly= hasAccess=false hasArchiveAccess=false