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Four-leaf shamrock on coronation dress

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The London Evening Standard of 27 May 2016 reports that the Queen’s  coronation dress will be included in an exhibition entitled Fashioning a reign: 90 years of style from the Queen’s wardrobe.  For the coronation in 1953 Norman Hartnell  ‘fashioned a gown in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect with national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and pastel-coloured silks …  For good luck, Sir Norman added a four-leaf shamrock on the left side of the skirt so the Queen’s hand could rest upon it during the ceremony.’

The exhibition will take place during the summer opening of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace, from 23 July and 2 October 2016.

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