188.8.131.52 | Message modified by user Nellie February 2, 2013, 10:18 am
All the finery worn by the principals at a coronation is welcome in this Feature Thread: robes, uniforms, special garments, and the gowns of the principal ladies of the royal family. I open with British only because I don’t have books and images for other nations.
My sources are mainly Barker, The Crown Jewels 1998, and small souvenir books from 1953 and later.
I just want to mention here my favourite royal lady who missed the coronation of her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II who acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952. Coronation arrangements began formally on 28 April 1952, and -
‘Queen Mary, ever concerned with family precedents, visited the London Museum in the first week of May 1952, about three weeks before her 85th birthday, and examined Queen Victoria’s Coronation Robes of 1838, convinced that they could serve as a model for her granddaughter’s costume.’
In the new year Queen Mary’s health declined and she died on 24 March 1953.
Edit: I am delighted at the responses to this feature thread and the incredible information added to it.
I do hope this magazine feature article idea works.
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