New exhibition will give us a chance to peek inside the Queen's wardrobe


Fashion is a major part of any major celebrity's legacy, and the same goes for the Queen.

Now the nation will have a chance to glimpse the inside of her wardrobe as some of her most memorable outfits - including her wartime uniform and her coronation dress - go on show at Buckingham Palace.

They will be displayed at the annual summer opening of the state rooms in an exhibition that has picked out outfits worn by the monarch on some of the key moments of her royal career - from her childhood to the present day.

Fashioning A Reign: 90 Years Of Style From The Queen's Wardrobe includes her Second World War standard battledress uniform of a wool serge jacket and trousers, with a shirt and tie, and a service cap from when she served as Princess Elizabeth in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) with the honorary rank of Second Subaltern.

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On public display for the first time will also be the outfit she wore to William and Kate's wedding in April 2011. Designed by her senior dresser Angela Kelly, the crepe-wool beaded primrose dress and coat was worn with a matching hat adorned with handmade silk roses and apricot-coloured leaves.

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Other outfits include a turquoise silk-organza shift dress by Hardy Amies first seen during a state visit to Germany in 1965 and inspired by the rococo interiors of Schloss Bruhl, where a state banquet in the Queen's honour was given by President Lubke.

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The ensemble the Queen chose for Princess Anne's wedding to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 will also be on show. The royal blue princess-line long-sleeved dress was designed by couturier Sir Norman Hartnell and worn with a brimless lace-trimmed hat by Simone Mirman.

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The exhibition is one of three separate displays in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday at each of her official residences - Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Windsor Castle - during 2016.

And if you fancy making the trip to Windsor Castle, you'll even get a chance to see the Queen's old fancy-dress costumes from the wartime family pantomimes she took part in there.

The exhibitions will be at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace from July 23 to October 2, at Windsor Castle from September 17 to January 8 2017, and at Holyroodhouse until October 16.