Queen wears Coronation Gown

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Queen wears Coronation Gown


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During her first royal visit in 1954, Queen Elizabeth II opened the sitting of Australia’s federal parliament at Parliament House on 15 February 1954. As this photograph from the Western Mail shows, she wore her coronation gown and the sash of the Order of the Garter.
‘The Most Noble Order of the Garter’ is the highest order of chivalry in the British heraldic system. It was established by Edward III in 1348, and membership was limited to the sovereign, the Prince of Wales and twenty-four knights. Over time, the membership has been widened to make allowances for members of the British royal family and foreign monarchs.

The star of the Order, containing the heraldic shield of the St George Cross encircled by the garter inside an eight-pointed star, is clearly visible on the Queen’s sash in this image.

For more on the history of the Order of the Garter, see Stephanie Trigg, ‘The Vulgar History of the Order of the Garter’ in Gordon McMullan & David Matthews (eds), Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp.91-105.




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The Western Mail


25 February 1954, p.57


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