Coronation Gala at Covent Garden, 1953

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Glittering Royal Guests attend the Gala Performance of the special Coronation Opera ‘Gloriana’ at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on this day in 1953, on the eve of the Queen Coronation at Westminster Abbey.

Royal attendees included the Queen (wearing the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara) and Duke of Edinburgh (in the Order of the Garter)…

…Queen Mother (wearing the Oriental Circlet Tiara) and Princess Margaret (in theHalo Scroll Tiara)…

…Crown Prince Olav, Crown Princess Martha (wearing Queen Josefina’s Diamond Tiara), and Princess Astrid of Norway (in the Vasa Tiara and Queen Maud’s Turquoises)…

… the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (wearing the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara)…

… the Duchess of Kent (in the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara) and the Princess Royal (wearing her Diamond Tiara)…

…Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (in her Diamond Palmette Tiara) and the Earl of Athlone, Princess Marie Louise (wearing the Cartier Indian Tiara), Mary, Duchess of Devonshire (in the Devonshire Honeysuckle Tiara), and Helen, Duchess of Northumberland (in the Strawberry Leaf Coronet).

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