the coronation of queen elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Phase I of the

"Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition"

This superb 8" tall doll was issued as a limited edition of 990 in August 1978, and would have cost £38.00, (including VAT at just 8%!).  The doll has bisque porcelain head, arms, and legs, sewn onto a stuffed kid leather body.  The dress is made from a specially woven Jacquard material, to faithfully represent the actual dress worn by the Queen at the Coronation.  She wears the rich crimson velvet Parliamentary Robe of State, trimmed with fur and gold braid.  This stunning model is one of the finest ever produced by Peggy Nisbet, and remains highly sought after amongst collectors.

The decision to increase the issue quantity from 500 to 990 dolls, to offset the high production costs, and to make this stunning edition available to a greater number of collectors worldwide

The Coronation Chair

Phase II of the

"Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition"

Issued as phase II of the “Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition”, this superbly detailed model was restricted to an issue of 500, costing £18.00 each in 1978. 

Shown on the seat of the chair are St Edward’s Crown, which is always used to crown the monarch, the Sceptre of Kingly Power and Justice, and the Rod of Equity and Mercy.   The Coronation Chair has been used at every Coronation since 1308.  Under the seat was housed, (until its return to Scotland in July 1996), the “Stone of Scone”, a red sandstone block steeped in legend and mystery.  Known by a number of different names, including the “Stone of Destiny”, it was used as the Coronation seat of the kings of Scotland, then England, and now Britain.  Legend has it that the stone is really the “Stone of Bethel”, which Jacob was using as a pillow, when he had his vision of a ladder reaching to heaven.  The stone will be temporarily returned to Westminster, and fitted into the Coronation Chair, the next time a Monarch is to be crowned.

The Coronation Vestments

Phase III of the

"Tower Treasures - Coronation Limited Edition"

The vestments were issued, together with the crown and sceptres (shown above with the Coronation Chair), as phase 3 of the Coronation set, and cost £25.00 in 1978

As the Coronation ceremony progressed, the Queen removed the crimson velvet Parliamentary Robe of State, and took the Oath.  

She was then dressed in the Colobium sindonis ("shroud tunic") - the first robe with which the Sovereign is invested. It is a loose white undergarment of fine linen cloth edged with a lace border, open at the sides, usually sleeveless, and cut low at the neck. It symbolises the derivation of Royal authority from the people

The Dalmatic or Supertunica  is the second robe with which the Sovereign is invested. It is a long coat of gold silk which reaches to the ankles and has wide-flowing sleeves. It is lined with rose-coloured silk, trimmed with gold lace, woven with national symbols and fastened by a sword belt. It is said to derive from the full dress uniform of a consul of the Byzantine Empire

The Pallium Regale, or Imperial Mantle is the main robe worn during the ceremony and used during the Crowning. It is a four-square mantle, lined in crimson silk and decorated with silver coronets, national symbols and silver imperial eagles in the four corners.


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021