During the Coronation service that took place at Westminster Abbey today, many members of the Royal Family and key players in the service wore intricate outfits including gowns and grand velvet cloaks.
These outfits signify their membership of historic orders of chivalry.
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.
Ensembles worn by the royals in Westminster Abbey
King Charles III
The King arrived wearing his grandfather George VI’s crimson Robe of State with a new crimson Coronation Tunic trimmed with gold artillery lace, cream silk overshirt and Royal Naval trousers.
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, 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 was seen wearing his Garter Star and Garter Collar decorations.
The Queen wore a coronation gown designed by Bruce Oldfield.
It was a tailored ivory, silver and gold coat-like dress embroidered with delicate garlands of British wildflowers.
The motifs of daisy chains and forget-me-nots represented the King and Camilla’s affection for nature.
The dress 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On her arrival to the Abbey, the Queen wore the crimson velvet Robe of State with long train originally made for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Before leaving the service, Camilla changed into her new purple velvet Robe of Estate, embroidered with gold motifs of 24 flowers.
Princess of Wales
Kate wore a deep blue Royal Victorian Order mantle edged in scarlet over an Alexander McQueen embroidered ivory silk crepe dress.
Her silver bullion, crystal and silver thread work three-dimensional leaf embroidery headpiece was by Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen.
The Princess of Wales paid a touching tribute to William’s mother with the earrings she chose to wear.
The pearl and diamond pieces belong to Diana, Princess of Wales.
In addition, she wore Queen Elizabeth II’s George VI Festoon Necklace, which George VI commissioned for his daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1950.
Prince of Wales
William wore his navy blue Order of the Garter mantle over his red Welsh Guards’ ceremonial dress uniform as Colonel of the regiment.
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 was also seen wearing a variety of badges and medals.
His Pilots Wings badge and his Queen’s Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals were all worn.
His leg garments which are 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 was one of the King’s Pages of Honour.
The prince, along with the other Pages of Honour, wore a scarlet tunic decorated with gold lace trim and blue velvet cuffs, with an open-fronted design and lined in silk.
He wore an ivory silk satin waistcoat trimmed in gold braid, with wool trousers and boots.
The uniforms were made during the reign of Elizabeth II and were retailored for the coronation.
Charlotte was a mini-me version of her mother Kate as she wore a similar silver bullion, crystal and silver thread headpiece by the same milliner.
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.
The five-year-old wore a Hainsworth Garter Blue Doeskin Tunic with specially designed lacework embellishment to the collar, cuffs and fronts, made by bespoke Savile Row tailors Dege and Skinner.
Louis’ leg garment was black, complete with Garter Blue stripe.
The Queen’s Pages
The uniforms worn by the Queen’s Pages paid tribute to some of Camilla’s military affiliations.
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
The dresses of the Marchioness of Lansdowne and Camilla’s sister Annabel Elliot were designed and made by Fiona Clare.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
Edward wore morning dress with Garter Mantle while Sophie wore a Suzannah dress with a Jane Taylor headpiece and Royal Victorian Order Mantle.
Anne was seen wearing her Blues and Royals uniform with the dark green Thistle Mantle, and the Thistle Collar, Garter Sash, Garter Star, Thistle Star, GCVO Star, full-sized medals, KCVO Star and Companion of the Order of the Bath neck decoration.
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.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
The Duke wore a morning coat with Garter Mantle, Garter Collar, Garter Star and Medals.
The Duchess of Gloucester wore a white dress with Royal Victorian Order Mantle, Star, Collar and Family Order.
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 wore a white dress with the Mantle of the Royal Victorian Order and the Garter Star.
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