#1Feb 10th, 2006
The largest ever collection of the Queen's evening gowns and personal jewellery is to go on display at Buckingham Palace to mark her 80th birthday. The collection includes this beautiful blue silk and lace dress designed by Norman Hartnell which the Queen wore to Princess Margaret's wedding in 1960.
This eye-catching yellow silk crepe embroidered dress was designed by Ian Thomas and worn by the Queen for a state banquet given for the Amir of Qatar in 1985.
Among the famous pieces of priceless jewellery going on display is the Vladimir Tiara.
The Queen wore this pretty duchesse satin crinoline gown with beaded and jewelled embroidery during a royal tour of Nigeria in 1956.
Prince Philip designed this gold, sapphire, diamond and ruby bracelet to mark the royal couple's fifth wedding anniversary.
A black velvet and duchesse satin evening gown by Norman Hartnell, made for the Queen in the late 1940s.
Queen Mary's True Lover's Knot brooch. The monarch inherited the jewellery from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.
The Queen wore this delicately embroidered gown designed by Norman Hartnell for official portraits in 1957.
Hardy Amies designed this silk chiffon dress embroidered with California poppies, worn by the Queen on her visit to America in 1983.
The Williamson diamond brooch by Cartier.
The Queen wore this grey satin gown embroidered with a fern motif in beads and pearls at a State Banquet held by President Eisenhower at the White House in 1957.
This green silk dress with jewelled embroidery was worn during a state visit to Ethiopia in February 1965.
The special exhibition will run during the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace until September 24.