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Stately style on show at the Palace

By Tony Jones

Published 22/07/2016

Final touches are made to the Queen’s Mantle of the Order of the British Empire, worn in 1952
Final touches are made to the Queen’s Mantle of the Order of the British Empire, worn in 1952
A selection of evening gowns
Curator Caroline de Guitaut adjusts Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress, designed by Sir Norman Hartnell in 1947
The cocktail dress designed by Angela Kelly that was worn at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Coronation Dress designed in 1953

The dress worn by the stunt double who disguised themselves as the Queen to parachute into the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 opening ceremony is among the highlights of a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

Dresses, gowns and outfits from the monarch's life, charting important personal moments and major national events, go on display for Fashioning a Reign today.

The garments created by British designers range from the Queen's wedding and coronation gowns - shown together for the first time - to items worn at the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, during overseas state visits and her "neon at 90" outfit for this year's Trooping the Colour.

The Queen had her own starring role in the Olympics when she filmed a cameo appearance for Danny Boyle's opening ceremony, greeting James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, at the palace with the words, "Good evening, Mr Bond".

They boarded a helicopter and set off, flying over London to the Olympic Stadium, where the scene ended with the Queen's stunt double parachuting live into the arena.

The dress worn in the stunt was created by Angela Kelly, the Queen's assistant and adviser, using materials including silk, lace, beads, feathers and enamel.

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