A royal fol­lower of fash­ion

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AMA­JOR ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing The Queen’s en­dur­ing dress sense has opened at Buck­ing­ham Palace (un­til Oc­to­ber 2). ‘Fash­ion­ing a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’, which is also at the Palace of Holy­rood­house un­til Oc­to­ber 16 and at Wind­sor Cas­tle (Septem­ber 17– Jan­uary 8, 2017), high­lights Her Majesty’s sup­port for Bri­tish cou­ture and millinery through 150 out­fits and the ex­tra­or­di­nary crafts­man­ship that goes into her state-oc­ca­sion gowns.

At Buck­ing­ham Palace, there is a rare chance for a close-up view of her wed­ding and Corona­tion dresses, which were both de­signed by Nor­man Hart­nell. The wed­ding dress, paid for with cloth­ing coupons—the gov­ern­ment al­lowed her 200 ex­tra ones— is dec­o­rated with 10,000 seed pearls and has a 15ft star-pat­terned train in­spired by Bot­ti­celli’s Primavera, sym­bol­is­ing re­birth after the Sec­ond World War. Sir Nor­man placed a secret, lucky four-leaf sham­rock on the left side of the skirt of the Corona­tion dress, so The Queen’s hand would rest on it (www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org. uk; 0303 123 7300).

The Queen wanted her Corona­tion dress to be made of satin like her wed­ding dress

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