I have been fascinated by the overgarments the monarch wears during a British coronation ceremony and feel there must be many stories about them and their history. I also wonder if they, or similar garments, were used in other countries.
In 1953 Queen Elizabeth II set out from Buckingham Palace wearing her Coronation Dress with her Parliament Robe of ‘crimson velvet trimmed with velvet and bordered with gold lace’.
Before the Anointing, that robe was removed by her train-bearers ‘who then, a pair at a time, folded it backwards into the extended arms of the Groom of the Robes’.
The simple plain white Colobium Sindonis was placed over and covering the Queen’s Coronation Dress.
I had thought this happened before the Anointing but am not sure now.
Later the golden Supertunica was added.
Before receiving the Orb, the cloth-of-gold Imperial Mantle and the ‘Stole Royal’ were put on her.
The Stole Royal is like a scarf hanging over the shoulders. I will get more pics.
All this adding of layers of garments was before being crowned - and under strong lighting for TV.
We can see four layers of garments here - just the hem showing of Hartnell's Dress.
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