All the outfits worn by the royal family on coronation day


The royal family wore an array of intricate gowns and grand velvet cloaks signifying their membership of historic orders of chivalry at the King and Queen’s coronation.

The ceremony was a Collar Day meaning the Windsors could wear morning dress with mantles appropriate to the most Senior Order to which they belonged – the Order of the Garter, Thistle or Royal Victorian Order.

Here are the ensembles worn by the royals in Westminster Abbey:

– The King

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The King carrying the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre leaves Westminster Abbey (Ben Stanstall/PA)

His deep red Coronation Tunic, made by Ede and Ravenscroft, and overshirt, with collars and cuffs featuring embroidered oak leaves and acorns, was inspired by designs worn by George V and George VI.

At the end of the ceremony for his departure, the newly crowned monarch swapped into a newly-made purple satin Coronation Tunic, trimmed with gold artillery lace, and George VI’s grand purple silk velvet and gold embroidered Robe of Estate.

The King wore his Garter Star and Garter Collar decorations.

– The Queen

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The Queen after being crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown by the Archbishop of Canterbury (Aaron Chown/PA)

With motifs of daisy chains and forget-me-nots, it represented the King and Camilla’s affection for nature, and also featured celebratory bunting, in antique gold and silver thread.

Oldfield’s vision was to create a sophisticated and modern dress that showcases Camilla’s style and personality in its details, Buckingham Palace said, describing it as “simple and tailored”.

On top, for her arrival at Westminster Abbey, the Queen wore the crimson velvet Robe of State with long train originally made for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

At the end of the service, Camilla changed into her new purple velvet Robe of Estate, embroidered with gold motifs of 24 flowers.

– Princess of Wales

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The Princess of Wales arriving at Westminster Abbey (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Her silver bullion, crystal and silver thread work three-dimensional leaf embroidery headpiece was by Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen.

The princess’ earrings were a touching tribute to William’s late mother, with the pearl and diamond pieces belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales.

She also wore Queen Elizabeth II’s George VI Festoon Necklace, which George VI commissioned for his daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1950.

– Prince of Wales

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The Prince and Princess of Wales with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ahead of the coronation ceremony (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The cloak – which the prince wears to the Order of the Garter ceremony in June at Windsor each year – was made from deep blue silk velvet with white satin ribbons and a lining of white taffeta.

His dress uniform, single-breasted in style with a stand-up collar, was made from Hainsworth Scarlet Wool Doeskin.

William wore his Pilots Wings badge, and his Queen’s Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals.

His leg garments – known as overalls in the Army – are made from a blue-black wool barathea with two inch scarlet stripes.

The prince also wore his Order of the Thistle sash and badge, Garter Star and Thistle Star, Order of the Garter Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter.

– Prince George – as one of the King’s Pages of Honour

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Prince George was one of the King’s Pages of Honour (Jacob King/PA)

He wore an ivory silk satin waistcoat trimmed in gold braid, with wool trousers and boots.

The uniforms were originally made during the reign of Elizabeth II and have been retailored for the coronation

– Princess Charlotte

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Princess Charlotte wore an Alexander McQueen dress (Andrew Milligan/PA)

She also wore an Alexander McQueen dress – with a cape – in ivory silk crepe, with rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs – with the emblems also featuring on her mother’s dress.

– Prince Louis

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Prince Louis and sister Princess Charlotte arriving at Westminster Abbey (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The youngster’s leg garment was black, complete with Garter Blue stripe.

– The Queen’s Pages

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The Queen arrives at Westminster Abbey (Ben Birchall/PA)

Gus Lopes and Arthur Elliot wore outfits based on the uniform of the Rifles, of which Camilla is Colonel in Chief, with green jackets and contemporary red Rifles piping, collar braid on the neck and front, and the Queen’s cypher on the shoulder.

Louis Lopes and Freddy Parker Bowles wore uniforms based on the Grenadier Guards, of which Camilla is Colonel-in-Chief.

The red outfits had gold cuffs and an Officer’s gold and crimson sash around the waist and Camilla’s cypher on the shoulders.

– The Queen’s Companions:

Fiona Clare designed and made the dresses of the Marchioness of Lansdowne and Camilla’s sister Annabel Elliot.

– Duke of Edinburgh

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The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh at the coronation (Andrew Matthews/PA)

– Duchess of Edinburgh

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The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh (Ben Birchall/PA)

– Princess Royal

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The Princess Royal arrives for the ceremony in a rainy London (Toby Melville/PA)

The Thistle cloak is made from deep green silk velvet with a lining of white taffeta, and features a hand embroidered gold badge and garter blue velvet hood.

– Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (Andrew Matthews/PA)

– Duke of Kent

The Duke of Kent wore a morning coat with Garter Star and Order of St Michael and St George neck decoration with Garter Mantle and Collar.

– Princess Alexandra

Princess Alexandra wore a white dress with the Mantle of the Royal Victorian Order and the Garter Star.


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