Coronation Gown

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Coronation Gown

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This intricate embroidery features on a replica, about a meter high, of the sumptuous gown worn by the Queen for her coronation in 1953. Created by designer Normal Hartnell, the dress’s embroidery incorporated not only the rose, shamrock, leek and thistle for the countries of the United Kingdom, but also plants representative of the Commonwealth countries. For luck, Hartnell secretly added a single four-leaved clover. The white satin came from the silk farm at Lullingstone Castle, and the research and decoration took three of Hartnell’s dressmakers and six embroiderers several months. They worked with seed pearls and crystals to create the lattice background for the flowers worked in pastel silks and real gold and silver thread. The replica version contains over 4,000 beads.