x.x.x.x | Message modified by user Nellie January 27, 2013, 3:13 pm
King George VI set out from Buckingham Palace dressed in white shirt, breeches and stockings, with a crimson satin surcoat, Cap of State and crimson Parliament Robes.
From The Coronation in Pictures, 1937 when the King was divested of his robes ‘His Majesty, tall, slender, almost boyish, stood clad only in a short tunic of red satin, white silk stockings and black shoes. Three of the King’s scarlet-coated pages carried away the rich mantle he had discarded.’
I have not yet found if he put on any other garment before the Anointing.
‘As the ancient custom of stripping the King to the waist is no longer observed, the canopy was held high.’
Edit: and added - 'The King himself bared his breast for the anointing.'
‘...the King stepped out from underneath the canopy, clothed only in white satin knee-breeches and white shirt. Stripped thus of every symbol of his kingship, he knelt to receive the Archbishop’s benediction.’
During the Investiture, the Dean of Westminster ’arrayed him with the Colobium Sindonis, a sleeveless white cambric vestment, and then with the Supertunica, a long loose garment of cloth of gold, together with a golden girdle which was later to serve as a sword belt.’
Further along ‘The Golden Stole and the rose-embroidered Robe Royal were next put upon the King.’
In this painting George VI appears to be wearing the crimson satin surcoat mentioned earlier here.
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