Platinum jubilee display unveiled for Holyroodhouse

JEWELS from the Queen’s personal collection will be displayed this summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations.

Visitors will see a display of outfits worn by the Queen to celebrate her silver, golden, and diamond jubilees.

The exhibition opens on 3 July and runs until 25 September.

Similar displays will be mounted at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

In 1977, for the Queen’s silver jubilee, royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies designed a dress, coat, and stole in pink silk crêpe and chiffon, with a matching hat designed by Frederick Fox using flowerheads hanging from silk stems.

The ensemble was worn at the national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on 7 June 1977, marking the 25th anniversary of the Queen’s accession.

On display for the first time will be the Queen’s diamond jubilee ensemble, worn to the national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a luncheon at the Guildhall in London as part of the celebrations on 5 June 2012.

The ensemble was designed by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal wardrobe adviser, and consists of a pale turquoise dress and coat embroidered with scattered silver flowers, with a coordinating hat.

Alongside the ensembles worn by the Queen will be a selection of gifts presented during official engagements in Scotland, as well as a group of works relating to her first official visit to Edinburgh in 1953, soon after her coronation.

Examples include a silver model of a miner’s Davy lamp, presented in 1958 when the Queen made her first descent into a working coal mine on the opening of the Rothes colliery in Fife, and the ceremonial key to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is presented to the Queen at the start of her royal week at the palace each summer.

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