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Fashioning a Reign

90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe


Buckingham Palace

  • Daily (Saturday, 23 Jul 2016 - Sunday, 2 Oct 2016)

In celebration of The Queen's 90th birthday, three special exhibitions will be staged across each of Her Majesty's official residences during 2016. Fashioning a Reign will chart significant events in The Queen's life and the nation's history through an unprecedented collection of dress and accessories designed for these occasions, from childhood to the present day.

In total, over 150 outfits worn by The Queen will be presented across the three Palaces, with each special exhibition displaying a selection of outfits chosen because of their close association with the location.

The Queen's support of British couture and millinery will be highlighted through important pieces created for a world stage by renowned designers, including Sir Norman Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas.


Exhibition Highlights

Sir Norman Hartnell (1901-79)

Wedding gown

Sir Norman Hartnell (1901-79)

'New Look ' Evening gown

Events programme

School sessions

Key stage 2
Fashioning a Reign: a history workshop

Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday with a school visit to The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.

Key stages 2, 3, 4 & 5
Landscape drawing in the Buckingham Palace Garden

Pupils will work with our freelance artist to put into practice the techniques and skills used by artists to create your own landscape drawings

Key stages 2, 3, 4 & 5
Creative Writing in The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Be inspired by this wonderful opportunity for pupils to work with published authors to explore and experience the atmosphere of these lavishly decorated rooms.

Key stages 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Self-guided visit to Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the headquarters of the British monarchy.

Map & directions

Entrance to the State Rooms is via gate C on Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By car

There is no general visitor car parking at Buckingham Palace.

For disabled visitors, if you have booked the step-free access route of the Palace, you can also book accessible parking if required. The access route and parking must be pre-booked by contacting the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or [email protected].

By train

The nearest train stations are London Victoria (10 minute walk) or London Charing Cross (20 minute walk).  

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

The nearest tube stations are Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner (all approximately 10 minutes walk).  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.

You can plan your journey using the Transport for London website.