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made by Ede and Ravenscroft; designed by Marion Foale

Mantle of the Order of The British Empire 1952

Satin, silver thread, silk, gold, enamel | RCIN 250321

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The Queen’s mantle of the Order of the British Empire was designed by the British fashion designer Marion Foale, while a student at the Royal College of Art. Marion Foale’s design is unusual because it combines a zipped-up overdress with mantle attached. It was made by the royal robe makers, Ede and Ravenscroft, in rose pink satin lined with pearl grey silk, the colours of the order. On the left side of the mantle is an embroidered representation of the star of the order, centred by a gold medallion with crowned effigies of King George V and Queen Mary in an enamelled circle inscribed with the motto ‘FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE’.