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Queen Elizabeth II's Dolls Exhibition

C20th Royal History
Queen Elizabeth II's Doll Collection

Edited By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

C20th Royal History

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Doll Collection

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The Queen's Dolls Go On Display

Dolls given to Her Majesty The Queen throughout her life, will be shown at Frogmore House near Windsor Castle from 16 May 2006. The centrepiece of the display is a charming doll presented in 1930 and played with by Princess Elizabeth when she was very young. Made of biscuit porcelain and dressed in silk with a matching hat and coral necklace, the doll has never before been displayed in the UK.

33 Dolls

The 33 dolls come from all over the world. Among them are two from Japan, given to Princess Elizabeth and her sister, H.R.H Princess Margaret Rose, in celebration of their parents' Coronation in 1937; two small peg dolls dressed in Breton costume, presented to Her Majesty in 1954 on behalf of the Greater London Fund for the Blind.  Another of the doll collection is a West Indian doll made by the Brownies and Guides of Nevis Island; an Afro-American doll given to The Queen in 1957 by Mrs Roosevelt as a present for Princess Anne; and six dolls presented during The Queen's visit to Jamaica at the start of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

State Gifts

For centuries elegantly attired dolls have been part of the tradition of State gifts between monarchs and were considered highly prestigious presents. Originally they served a practical and diplomatic purpose as 'silent envoys', often sent by a prince to an intended bride to demonstrate the contemporary fashions at his court.

During the 1938 State Visit to Paris by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother), the French people presented the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose with two magnificent Jumeau dolls, 'France' and 'Marianne'. These remarkable dolls and their extensive wardrobe by the leading Parisian couturiers of the day are on show at Windsor Castle, a short distance from Frogmore. The display at Frogmore includes a 1938 Jumeau replica of 'France', dressed in the uniform of the Women's Volunteer Service.

Frogmore House

The doll collection will be shown at Frogmore House, which is set in the magnificent private Home Park of Windsor Castle, has been a favoured royal retreat for over 300 years. Built in the 17th century, it was purchased in 1792 for George III's consort, Queen Charlotte. Frogmore is no longer an occupied royal residence but is frequently used by the Royal Family for entertaining.

Frogmore House, Garden and Mausoleum are open on 16-18 May and 26-28 August, 10:0017:30 (last admission 16:00). For the May open days, advance tickets are available for the Garden only. Tickets for the House and Mausoleum can be purchased on the day, subject to availability. For admission information, please telephone 020 7766 7305.

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Tours of Frogmore House for pre-booked coach groups are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 August - 28 September.

Please telephone 020 7766 7305 for details.

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