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Stately style on show at the Palace

By Tony Jones

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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