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Queen to display some of her most precious jewels and outfits for Platinum Jubilee

At Windsor Castle, the centrepiece of the displays will be the Queen’s coronation dress and Robe of Estate worn during her coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2 1953.

Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in white duchesse satin, embroidered in a lattice-work effect featuring national and Commonwealth floral emblems.

The Robe of Estate, made by the royal robe-makers Ede and Ravenscroft, was embroidered at the Royal School of Needlework, and worn as the Queen left the Abbey.

The design features wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising peace and prosperity, which formed the inspiration for a range of commemorative china launched last week to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will display outfits worn by the Queen to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

They include the pink crepe and chiffon dress, coat and stole designed by royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies and worn at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 7 1977.

The Queen will mark the historic milestone of 70 years on the throne on Feb 6 2022, with national celebrations taking place over a four-day bank holiday weekend of festivities in June.

Two other new exhibitions will showcase some of the Royal Collection’s finest works next year.

Japan: Courts And Culture at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, will tell the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families from April 8 2022 to March 12 2023.

The Masterpieces From Buckingham Palace exhibition, which brings together more than 30 of the most important Old Master paintings in the Royal Collection, will be at Holyroodhouse from March to Sep 2022.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession is at Buckingham Palace from July 22 to Oct 2 2022, while Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation will be at Windsor Castle from July 7 to Sep 26 2022.

The Platinum Jubilee display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will run from July to Sep 2022.

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