Coronation portraits revealed revealing gowns once obscured by royal robes – National
Finally a full view of the robes worn on Coronation Day.
Official Photos from the Coronation of King Charles III. and Queen Camilla were released, giving fans a glimpse of the full dresses worn by the ladies of the British royal family, who were otherwise hidden under long robes during the day’s ceremony.
Several photos, taken by photographer Hugo Burnand, have been released showing the new King and Queen wearing their crowns and royal regalia in the Throne Room and Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
And while the couple’s photos are pretty standard, it’s the group photo with all the working members of the royal family that reveals details that weren’t seen at Saturday’s televised ceremony.
We now have a full look at Alexander McQueen’s ivory silk crepe gown worn by Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, adorned with silver bullion embroidered roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrock motifs – a nod to the nations of the United Kingdom.
The dress worn by Middleton has a high V-neckline and structured shoulder that perfectly highlights her statement necklace – a three-strand diamond piece known as the George VI Festoon Necklace – which previously belonged to Queen Elizabeth II.
The princess paired the dress and necklace with a bespoke Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen silver bullion and crystal headpiece with silver threads, as well as a pair of pear-shaped pearl and diamond earrings that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
The group portrait also features Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, in a bespoke cream gown by Suzannah London, previously concealed by her royal Victorian robes. According to People magazine, the high-necked lace applique on the dress was inspired by the work of a local ceramic artist and was made using an embroidery machine that hasn’t been used since the 1950s.
The Duchess paired her dress with a matching floral headpiece by milliner Jane Taylor, who used handmade satin leaves, Swarovski crystals and silver-plated snowdrops.
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We also get a better look at Camilla’s Bruce Oldfield-designed dress, with its clean, tailored lines that give way to a short train. The sleeves were cut to bracelet length and the silk fabric was adorned with gold embellishments of abstract wildflower garlands – a tribute to her and Charles’ love of gardening and the English countryside.
The cuffs and petticoat also featured the floral emblems of the four nations of the United Kingdom – a rose, daffodil, thistle and shamrock.
Well known to the royal family, photographer Burand has been photographing The Firm for more than 20 years. In 2005 he captured Charles and Camilla’s wedding portrait and in 2011 he took the official wedding photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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