Queen & Commonwealth
Evening gown
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 100049

Evening gown


Norman Hartnell (1901-79)

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In July 1967 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended the centennial celebrations of the Confederation of Canada.

For the occasion of the centennial celebrations, Norman Hartnell designed a striking evening gown of white and blue silk crêpe. The bodice terminated in an inverted V-shaped band of embroidery in a design of maple leaves and berries, composed of crystal beads, silver bugle beads, sequins and diamanté.

The embroidery design was a fitting compliment to the Canadian people on this historic occasion, but it was not the first time that Hartnell had created a dress with a maple-leaf motif for The Queen to wear in Canada. In 1957 he had designed a magnificent crinoline gown decorated with maple-leaf embroidery, which The Queen later gave to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.