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Hillsborough Castle exhibits Her Majesty The Queen's Gowns in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee

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In celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee a number of spectacular gowns worn by The Queen at formal state occasions will be on display from the 4th until 31st August in the Throne Room at Hillsborough Castle .

Local Dress Designer Lizzie Agnew and Patsy Browne, Embroiders Guild NI admire the Queens Dresses on display in the Jubilee Garden at at Hillsborough Castle .

The glamorous evening gowns in white, champagne and gold encrusted in crystals chosen in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee have been designed by Norman Hartnell a favourite Designer of Her Majesty and worn by The Queen between the late 1960’s and 1979.

Following on from the successful Exhibition of The Queen’s Hats last year, the Dress Collection, normally housed in Buckingham Palace will be displayed in Hillsborough Castle , Her Majesty’s official residence in Northern Ireland .

Welcoming the display to Hillsborough Castle the Secretary of State the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP said:

In this special Diamond Jubilee Year, it is a great privilege to display a number of Her Majesty’s glamorous gowns for the public touring Hillsborough Castle to admire during the month of August.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view other exclusive permanent Jubilee exhibits including two specially commissioned paintings of Hillsborough Castle , a Bronze Bust by Alexander Stoddart of “Ossian” the legendary Scottish- Irish bard and the new Jubilee Garden .