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Sir Norman Hartnell (1901-79)

The Coronation Dress of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1953

Embroidered silk satin, coloured silk thread, gold and silver thread, bugle beads, diamantes, pearls, sequins | RCIN 250044

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To recognise the importance of her role as Head of the Commonwealth Nations, Her Majesty asked for the emblems of the seven independent states of which she was monarch to be incorporated into the design of her Coronation Dress, together with those of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The emblems were embroidered in gold and silver thread and pastel-coloured silks, encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals.