• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Crafting Ceremony: Military Uniforms

Detail of embroidered crown on State Trumpeter's coat, c1911
Military uniforms are an essential feature of British pageantry. Discover the skill involved in creating them and hear what these uniforms mean to the soldiers who wear them.

Over the last year, soldiers from the British Army have performed a vital and visible role in British state ceremony during both the Platinum Jubilee and the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II. In 2023, they are set to reprise their important ceremonial duties at the coronation of King Charles III. 

The uniforms that soldiers wear at such events are both eye catching and distinctive, embodying the unique pageantry that accompanies the British monarchy. However, military uniforms also play a role in shaping a soldier’s identity, conveying important information about regiment and rank.  


In this special evening event, Museum curators and conservators will begin proceedings by highlighting the history and traditions behind ceremonial uniforms and discussing the work that goes into preserving them for posterity. 

Next, Jules Walker of esteemed tailors Gieves & Hawkes will explain how ceremonial military uniforms are made, showcasing the techniques that give them their distinctive appearance. 

Attendees will also get the opportunity to view a selection of uniforms and ceremonial objects that are not normally on display and chat to curators about their history and significance.

About Gieves & Hawkes

Gieves & Hawkes has been at the heart of British tailoring for over 250 years. With three Royal Warrants to their name, and a prestigious address at No 1 Savile Row, the company has a long tradition of making military uniforms.

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