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Fashion Exhibition to be held for The Queen’s Birthday

This year, more than 150 outfits of Queen Elizabeth are going to be on display in three linked exhibitions that will take place at Her Majesty’s official residences.

The event, which is called ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’, is going to be a celebration for The Queen’s 90th birthday and kicks off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, on 21 April, the day of Her Majesty’s birthday.

Each outfit will have an association with the chosen location. Beautiful creations by Sir Norman Hartnell, who started working for The Queen in the 1940s, couturiers Ian Thomas and Stewart Parvin, and milliner Philip Somerville, will be shown at the first exhibition, a mix of daywear, evening dresses and tartan.

From 23 July, Buckingham Palace will celebrate Royal Couture from the 1920s, exploring childhood, the Coronation, and including outfits worn during state visits and her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Finally, Windsor Castle will show elegant daywear, but also  fancy dress costumes of a young Princess Elizabeth, from 17 September.

This is an unmissable event not only for for fashion lovers, but also for anyone who is passionate about history. With a magnificent selection of royal dresses and accessories picked to celebrate the Queen’s life and the nation’s history through fashion, it will be easy for everyone to go back in time and relieve those days.

The exhibition held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is going to be the biggest event ever about royal clothing shown in Scotland.

Here is a preview, courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust.

A pale green crinoline gown by Norman Hartnell, worn by The Queen in 1957, during the visit to the United States of America, as a guest of president Eisenhower;

A pale green crinoline gown by Norman Hartnell, worn by The Queen in 1957, during the visit to the United States of America, as a guest of president Eisenhower;

Another design by Hartnell, Her Majesty wore this pale blue silk evening gown during the visit of King Olav of Norway to Scotland;

Another design by Hartnell, Her Majesty wore this pale blue silk evening gown during the visit of King Olav of Norway to Scotland;

Black silk and taffeta gown, made by Ian Thomas for the meeting with Pope John Paul II in the 1980s;

Black velvet, silk and taffeta gown, made by Ian Thomas for the meeting with Pope John Paul II in the 1980s;

Silk, embroidered evening gown by John Anderson, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government reception in 1997;

Silk, embroidered evening gown by John Anderson, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government reception in 1997.

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