Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"The Queen's Year"

AP / Matt Dunham

The Queen's Year,” an exhibition as part of the annual Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, showcases examples of Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremonial dress from various events throughout the year. The exhibition began today and is on view until October 1.

In addition to ceremonial dress, the exhibition “recreates the spectacle and variety of the royal calendar” by presenting historic ceremonial objects and gifts that the queen has received. Exhibition highlights include 10 of her Ascot hats (above) and an evening gown that she wore to the Royal Film Performance of “West Side Story” in 1962. Two pieces are on public display for the first time: the queen’s Robe of State and the ‘Vladimir’ tiara.

Click here to read more about the queen’s duties and what her calendar includes and here for more pictures of items in the exhibition.

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