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Queen tours exhibition of her own wedding.

THE Queen viewed poignant reminders of her wedding day as she toured an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh.

For what was believed to be the first time in years, she set eyes on the bridal gown she wore as she walked down the aisle in 1947 to wed Prince Philip of Greece.

Sir Hugh Roberts, director of the Royal Collection, said it was "lovely" for the monarch to come face to face with the intricate Norman Hartnell dress and that it would have brought wedding china.

He added: "The Queen has always been interested to see what we put on in summer exhibitions here.

"This one is very personal to her and must bring back many extraordinary memories of that day 60 years ago.

I think, as with everybody really seeing the dress again, she will have marvelled at the marvellous quality of the memories flooding back.

The ivory silk bridal gown is decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, glittering crystals and features an intricate 13ft star-patterned train.

Sir Hugh described this year's summer opening exhibition at Buckingham Palace, which begins on Saturday, as "very personal" to the Queen. He revealed that, like many a bride, the sovereign still uses her embroidery, and the marvellous way the dress was so particularly well suited to that great occasion."

Visitors will also see the Duke's smart Lieutenant of the Royal Navy groom outfit, the Queen Mother's apricot and gold brocade ensemble, bridesmaids' dresses, and the Queen's carefully preserved Edward Rayne shoes with their original cream padded box embossed with her silver Princess monogram - a crown above the letter E.

Organisers say the exhibition, titled A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947, aims to reflect the mood of public rejoicing that swept through Britain following the end of the Second World War as the marriage approached.

The summer opening at Buckingham Palace runs from Saturday to September 25.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2007
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