Buckingham Palace’s Summer Opening period commences this weekend (July 27th), making the next couple of months the perfect time to book The Montcalm Hotel in London and pay the royal residence a visit.
This is especially true as this summer marks the 60th anniversary of one of the 20th century’s biggest royal events – the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2nd 1953. Accordingly, the palace has organised a spectacular new exhibition on Coronation Day that’ll be open to all visitors until September 29th.
Entitled The Queen’s Coronation 1953, the show brings together a host of resplendent exhibits – among them dresses, uniforms, robes and accessories – all of which took centre stage as Elizabeth II ascended to the throne 60 years ago.
Visitors will be able to see the exquisite gold stage coach that has conveyed every British sovereign to his or her coronation since George III some 250 years ago. When the Queen was crowned, Buckingham Palace officials worked painstakingly to ensure this historic carriage was in tip-top condition – from the gilded wood frame to the velvet and satin-lined interior that held Her Majesty’s Orb and Sceptre.
Other exhibits include the outfits worn by a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne, the dresses designed by Norman Hartnell for the maids of honour and the opulent diamond jewellery Elizabeth II inherited from her 19th century forebears.
Finally, visitors will get a chance to lay eyes on the throne chair itself – the seat to which the newly-crowned monarch moved in order to receive homage.
Throughout the summer, Buckingham Palace opens daily from 9:30am. Between July 27th and August 31st, the palace will close at 7pm; from then until the conclusion of the Summer Opening period on September 29th, it’ll be shutting its doors at 6pm.
Admission costs £19 for adults and £10.85 for under-17s. Those hoping to bring the entire family can purchase a ticket that covers two adults and three under-17s for £50.