9 APRIL 2009

Elegant ensembles worn by the Queen on visits to foreign shores are to go on display in Buckingham Palace this summer to mark the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth.

Among them are key pieces from the last six decades of the monarch's 'travelling warbrobe'. The outfits will be presented alongside over 100 gifts she has received on travels.

Each outfit is the result of meticulous planning, from the choice of colour and fabric to ensure she stands out in a crowd to evening wear designed to complement the country's heritage and culture.

One of the most striking ensembles in the exhibition is the vibrant yellow dress and matching coat the 82-year-old wore during her tour of Australia in 1970. She teamed the outfit with a silk hat and white diamond brooch in the image of golden wattle – the national floral emblem of the country.

The sovereign – whose favourite designers include Sir Norman Hartnell, creator of the wedding dress she wore to wed Prince Philip in 1946 – has made more than 170 trips to Commonwealth countries, including 15 to Australia and 23 to Canada.

Queen & Commonwealth: The Royal Tour will run at Buckingham Palace from July 26 to September 28.

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One of the many selections from the Queen's 'travelling wardrobe' on display this summer includes the bright yellow ensemble she wore during a visit to Australia in 1970
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