The iconic outfits are set to go on show in a new exhibition celebrating the Queen's style

By Simon Perry
Updated July 05, 2016 11:55 AM
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For Queen Elizabeth, the wedding of Prince William to the then-Kate Middleton was one of the happiest days of her life as a grandmother – and a fashion parade for royals and commoner friends alike.

Now she is proudly showing off the primrose yellow dress she wore that momentous day on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey as part of a new summer exhibit at Buckingham Palace.

The outfit, designed and created by an in-house team led by her assistant Angela Kelly, was a crepe-wool beaded dress and coat and a matching hat with handmade silk roses and apricot-colored leaves. It is one of several newly released items that help chronicle the Queen’s long life.

The new exhibit, “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe,” also includes the landmark outfits from her 1947 wedding and her 1952 Coronation.

Hoping to show the full arc of her life via fashion, there are also items from her childhood and youth on display at Buckingham Palace, which opens to the public on July 23 and runs through October 2.

Another addition to the collection is the standard battle-dress uniform (worn with a shirt and tie), and a service cap with the badge of the regiment, that the Queen wore during WWII while serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). She had the honorary rank of Second Subaltern.

There is also the ensemble, designed by couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, she wore to another wedding – that of her only daughter Princess Anne in 1973.

The royal blue princess-line with diamond-shaped inset panels has a matching long-sleeved coat and was worn with a brimless hat trimmed with blue-and-purple lace by Simone Mirman.

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The exhibit also captures some of the official outfits from the Queen’s 64- year reign, focusing on how she dresses for foreign tours and diplomatic events back at home.

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The exhibition at Buckingham Palace is one of three separate displays marking her 90th birthday at each of The Queen’s official residences. A total of around 150 outfits will be shown at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and at Windsor Castle.