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Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, standing and facing three-quarters left. She wears a Norman Hartnell satin dress decorated with the star and badge of the Order of the Garter on a sash and holds a fan in her left hand. She also wears the George

HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926-) ©

This section contains some of the most spectacular fans in the Royal Collection. These were all made during the reigns of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII.

In addition to the large double-sided painted satin fan (a Christmas present from Queen Victoria to her daughter-in-law in 1881), there are three fans made in the workshops of Carl Fabergé, the Russian Imperial jeweler. There's also a magnificent curled ostrich-feather fan with tortoiseshell guards decorated with diamonds, which was made for Queen Alexandra.

The oriental origin of the fan is recalled through the fine late nineteenth-century Japanese ivory and lacquer brisé fan, and the brightly-coloured fan, c.1840, which records the chief features of Macao.

Alice Loch (1840-1932)

Christmas fan

Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903)

Queen Elizabeth's Fabergé fan

Henrik Emanuel Wigström (1862-1923)

Queen Mary's Fabergé fan

Cantonese School, c.1800

Ivory cockade fan

Charles Beale Gunner (active 1937)

Queen Elizabeth's coronation fan

French School (ca.1900)

Miniature fan