For the 1953 coronation, H.R.H. Princess Margaret donned a white satin Norman Hartnell dress with an openwork design of broderie anglaise. According to the Royal Collection, the dress was embroidered in crystal with a design of stylized marguerites and roses, in reference to her name Margaret Rose. The sleeves were later removed, so that the dress could be used for other events. She also wore the "Halo Scroll" Tiara and Diamond Rose Brooch (made by Cartier in 1936 and 1938, respectively).
This beautiful dress was designed by British couturier Norman Hartnell for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty wore the gown on October 14, 1957 to a state banquet and reception at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the official residence of the Governor General. Known as the “Maple Leaf of Canada dress,” it features a garland of green velvet maple leaves and white roses. The Canadian symbol of the maple leaf emphasizes Her Majesty’s role as Queen of Canada.
Queen Elizabeth,later the Queen Mother, 1939, very elegant, very glamorous, very chic in a dress designed by Sir Norman Hartnell and photographed by Sir Cecil Beaton in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Photos (Top): June 25 1953 Royal Command Portrait of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret by Dorothy Wilding, before her tour of Southern Rhodesia (courtesy of romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). The princess is seen wearing a 1952 dress of grey lace and tulle with matching bolero by Norman Hartnell. (Bottom): Installation view of the dress from the "Fashion Rules" exhibition at Kensington Palace (credit: Books, Birkins and Beauty / mariannalondon.blogspot.com). CLICK THROUGH FOR BIGGER IMAGES.