The coronation costumes worn by King Charles and Queen Camilla are on display at Buckingham Palace.
The clothes will be part of a special coronation display in the pale ballroom to celebrate the historic service at Westminster Abbey on May 6.
Visitors can see Charles’s Robe of Estate, which he wore when he left the abbey.
Other historical robes worn at the time of coronation, including the coronation gauntlet, worn to hold the scepter, the sword belt, which was around his waist, and the Stole Royal, will also be on display.
Camilla’s floral-patterned dress to show the couple’s love for nature will also be featured in the exhibit.
King Charles pictured in full regalia in the throne room of Buckingham Palace. He wears the Robe of Estate, the Imperial State Crown and holds the Sovereign’s Orb and Sovereign’s Scepter with Cross
Sally Goodsir of the Royal Collection Trust, curator of the special exhibition, said: ‘We are delighted that visitors to the summer opening of Buckingham Palace will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the ensembles worn by Their Majesties during key moments at the coronation. .
“We hope visitors enjoy learning about the incredible craftsmanship and discovering the history and personal associations behind Their Majesties’ coronation ensembles.”
The coronation display can be seen as part of the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, from 14 July – 24 September 2023, with tickets available through the Website of the Royal Collective Foundation.
The display will focus on Charles’ Robe of Estate, which he wore on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to fans.
The historically important item was worn by his grandfather King George VI for his coronation in 1937 and is made of purple silk velvet with gold lace.
The king’s cream silk shirt, worn during the service, and purple coronation tunic will also be on display.
As was the Stole Royal – which was presented to the King by the Prince of Wales during the service and worn for the moment of the coronation.
The stole was newly made and embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework from a design drawn up by the Royal College of Arms.
Queen Camilla is pictured in The Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. She wears Queen Mary’s Crown and Robe of Estate
The monarchs are depicted in the throne room of Buckingham Palace after the historic coronation
And it’s inspired by the stole Queen Elizabeth II wore for her coronation in 1953.
The design features a series of medallions, placed in a gold chain frame and applied to a gold cloth.
The embroidered graphics feature the emblems of the United Kingdom – a dove of peace, a Tudor crown and a pattern inspired by the Cosmati Pavement at Westminster Abbey.
The coronation gauntlet, worn to hold the sovereign’s sceptre, and the king’s girdle – also worn by King George VI at his coronation in 1937 – will also be on display.
Royal fans who flock to the items will no doubt notice the nature theme on many of the clothes.
The kings the collar and cuffs of the overshirt feature embroidered oak leaves and acorns, while the tunic is made of purple satin and trimmed with gold artillery lace.
While the Queen’s Coronation coat dress – designed by Bruce Oldfield – was made of silk and decorated with silver and gold embroidered floral designs intertwined with festive streamers.
It was decorated with wildflowers, including daisy chains, forget-me-nots, celandine, and scarlet pimpernel.
The front hem of the underskirt and cuffs are embroidered with the floral emblems of the four nations of the United Kingdom – Rose, Thistle, Daffodil and Clover.
Camilla’s mantle from estate will also be on display.
The item is made in rich purple velvet by Ede and Ravenscroft, and designed and hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework using goldwork – a technique that dates back over a thousand years.
The design of the robe is based on themes of nature and the environment, with the floral emblems of the United Kingdom and a further 20 plants chosen for their personal associations.
These include Lily of the Valley, which appears in Her Majesty’s Bridal Bouquet and was a favorite flower of the late Queen Elizabeth, and Delphinium, a favorite of the King.
For the first time on a coronation robe, insects are also depicted, including bees, butterflies, a beetle and a caterpillar.