coronation robe


French Crown Jewels, the Coronation Crown of King Louis XV bejeweled with hundreds of diamonds and other precious gems from the royal collection. This is the only surviving French Royal Crown from the Ancien-Regime (before the French Revolution). Now in the Apollo Gallery in Louvre Museum, Paris.

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Coronation robes for a Viscount and Viscountess, first half 20th century

Worn by Edward Knollys (who was Governor General of Bermuda during the second World War) and his wife Margaret née Coats. Both sets were worn to the 1952 coronation, but the Viscount’s robe could be earlier and worn at the 1911 and 1937 coronations.

Peter Jones cotton velvet kirtle with silver brocade waist-strap with detachable train, white fur trim; the Peer’s robe by Northam of silk velvet and ermine, lined in taffeta; with two matching plated coronets.


Coronations of English Queens vs. Their Onscreen Depictions:

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her coronations robes (c. 1600-1610, copy of a lost original c. 1559) vs. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998).

Coronation portrait of Queen Victoria by George Hayter (1838) vs. Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria (2009).

Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation (1953) vs. Claire Foy in The Crown (2016).


💎Napoleon’s Coronation Sword used at his Coronation as Emperor of the French in 1804 can be seen in this François Gérard portrait of the Emperor in full Coronation Robes. Bejeweled with dozens of large diamonds from the former Royal Collections the greatest originally amongst them was the famous or infamous 140 carat “Régent Diamond ” ~diamonds can also be a man’s best friend, lol. 💎


Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, wearing the Duchess of Angoulême’s Sapphire Parure (Bapst, 1819). Photographed prior to the Coronation of Elizabeth II, 1953.


King Charles X of France in Coronation Robes with his brilliant Coronation Crown and regalia. He followed his brothers Kings Louis XVI & Louis XVIII and was the last King of the direct House of Bourbon. He was succeeded by his Bourbon cousin Louis-Phillipe of the House of Orleans, a cadet branch of the Royal Family. The royal blue version of this painting was actually the copy, the ruby red toned or Burgundy colored coronation robes is the original.

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Elizabeth Woodville in her coronation robes (Worshipful Company of Skinners’ Fraternity Book, XV century)

One of the most striking images of Elizabeth is in the Worshipful Company of Skinners’ Fraternity of Our Lady’s Assumption Book, which shows her in a stunning red and ermine trimmed surcoat, and a blue cloak trimmed with gold. As Joanne Laynesmith (née Chamberlayne) has discussed in her work on Elizabeth, medieval queens were traditionally virgins, so Elizabeth’s status as a mother and widow was deeply problematic. Whoever commissioned the image was clearly trying to address her unconventional status and align her with representations of the Virgin Mary: the ideal mother. Elizabeth’s hair is loose (a common way of depicting virgins, especially Mary), she wears a blue cloak associated with purity, and holds an orb and sceptre, just as Mary does in images presenting her as the Queen of Heaven. By constructing Elizabeth’s motherhood in ‘strikingly Marian terms’, the artist distances her ‘from ordinary women’.


Captive Prince + primary sources - Laurent’s coronation outfit

“King Laurent was dressed in gold, his head crowned in gold, his clothes of ivory silk and gold, a young king resplendent, so bright that the eyes overbrimmed just to look at him…”

Peers of different ranks wearing their coronation robes (from left to right) The Baron Stafford, The Marquess of Reading, The Duke of Norfolk, The Earl of Shrewsbury and Waterford, The Viscount Torrington, photographed in the Studio on 10th October 1988. (Photo by Lichfield/Getty Images).

What is the collective noun for peers? I’m thinking a privilege of peers…