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Fashioning a Reign - three special exhibitions

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.

Windsor Castle's iconic Round Tower

Windsor Castle's iconic Round Tower ©

Windsor Castle

17 September 2016 - 8 January 2017.

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse ©

Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

21 April - 16 October 2016.









Changing the guard in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

Changing the guard in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. © British Tourist Authority, Photographer: Pawel Libera


The Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

23 July - 2 October 2016, the largest of the exhibitions.




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.