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The purple robe in the first two pictures was made for the 1902 Coronation for the Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary). The cape was cut in something of a V style to match with the dress she wore on that occasion.
The cape was then built up into the more conventional style and the robe worn by Queen Mary at the Delhi Durbar in 1911.
Queen Mary wore it a third time (as pictured here) at the 1937 Coronation.
Queen Elizabeth asked to borrow it from her to wear at the 1953 Coronation (the second picture), Queen Mary agreeing, as she felt she was not well enough to attend herself. In the event, Queen Mary died on 24 March 1953. And so the robe has been worn four times in all.
It is now in the collection of the Museum of London.
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