The coronation robes feature precious materials including: silk, mantua, satin, damask, sarsnet, cloth-of-gold and ermine. Needlework is of the finest detail.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
On 2nd June 1953 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II walked towards her throne, dressed in a robe that was as unique as the coronation ceremony itself.
Her Majesty’s robe followed the strict design guidelines of previous coronations:
“ A six yard train in best quality handmade purple silk velvet, trimmed with best quality Canadian ermine 5" on top and underside and fully lined with pure silk English Satin, complete with ermine cape and all being tailed ermine in the traditional manner, and including embroidery by the Royal School of Needlework.”
His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh also had robes made for the coronation. Ede & Ravenscroft’s ledger entry for 21st August, 1952 reads: “A Royal Duke’s Coronation Robe in the best handmade silk velvet trimmed with finest Canadian ermine. Coronet in metal gilt with airtight case with name inscribed. A page’s uniform complete.”
Ede & Ravenscroft worked closely with the Earl Marshal’s office to ensure that the peers and knights of the orders of chivalry were also correctly dressed.
His Majesty King George III (credit: National Portrait Gallery)
His Majesty King George IV
His Majesty King George IV’s coronation was particularly lavish. Twenty-seven tailors worked around the clock to fulfil orders. William Webb, the forerunner of Ede & Ravenscroft, was the only tailor named as ‘robemaker’ for the event.
Webb worked on robes for knights, officers of the orders of chivalry, mantles for forty-eight Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath and 100 Knights Commander of the Bath. He also supplied clothing for the kings of arms, heralds and pursuivants and many more coronation guests. The result was a coronation unlike anything previously seen.
His Majesty King Edward VII
Her Majesty Queen Alexandra
Ede & Ravenscroft made the robes worn by Queen Alexandra at her husband Edward VII’s coronation.
The Queen was thrilled with the results and presented Rosa with a much treasured, signed engraving of herself in her coronation robes.
The picture remains on display at Ede & Ravenscroft’s menswear shop, situated on Chancery Lane.
“His Majesty King Edward VII and Her Majesty Queen Alexandra's robes were made of magnificent purple silk velvet, embroidered in gold and fully lined with best ermine.”