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WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II's maid of honour still has dress from queen's big day

Lady Anne Glenconner showcased the pearl, gold and zircon encrusted gown worn at 1953 coronation

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Lady Anne Glenconner

Lady Anne Glenconner

Lady Anne Glenconner

While these days many bridesmaids consider selling the dress the donned for a mate's big day well after the celebrations have been and gone, other more sentimental ladies could never part with a gown that was so central to such an important celebration.

And while royal watchers everywhere are speculating on who will act as maids at Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry on the 18th of May - and importantly, what they will wear - one royal maid has been giving fans of fashion a glimpse of the dress she donned for another 'big day' over 60 years ago.

Lady Anne Glenconner, who acted as a maid of honour for Britain's Queen Elizabeth's coronation, offered the Smithsonian Channel a glimpse at the gown she wore for the queen's big day, giving a rare close up of the intricate designs involved in the creation of the gown.

The gold dress, decorated with pearls, gold and zircons was hand-embroidered by the same designer behind the queen's own coronation dress, and is a spectacular display of craftmanship from the post-war era.

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Members of the Royal Family on the balcony following the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten; (L-R) Duke of Kent, Duchess of Kent, Princess Andrew of Greece, Duke of Gloucester holding Prince Richard, Duchess of Gloucester, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Elizabeth and Queen Mary, at Buckingham Palace, London, November 20th 1947. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Members of the Royal Family on the balcony following the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten; (L-R) Duke of Kent, Duchess of Kent, Princess Andrew of Greece, Duke of Gloucester holding Prince Richard, Duchess of Gloucester, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Elizabeth and Queen Mary, at Buckingham Palace, London, November 20th 1947. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Members of the Royal Family on the balcony following the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten; (L-R) Duke of Kent, Duchess of Kent, Princess Andrew of Greece, Duke of Gloucester holding Prince Richard, Duchess of Gloucester, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Elizabeth and Queen Mary, at Buckingham Palace, London, November 20th 1947. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

"We were all like the Spice Girls," said Lady Anne of the women who stood by the Princess as she became a Queen.

"Suddenly we were in all of the newspapers. We just felt like princesses actually."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21:  A member of Buckingham Palace staff stands next to a glass case containing Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress during a photocall at Buckingham Palace on July 21, 2016 in London, England. The dress makes up part of a forthcoming exhibit 'Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe' to coincide with the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. The exhibit includes outfits worn by the Queen from State events to family celebrations and runs until October 2, 2016.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: A member of Buckingham Palace staff stands next to a glass case containing Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress during a photocall at Buckingham Palace on July 21, 2016 in London, England. The dress makes up part of a forthcoming exhibit 'Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe' to coincide with the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. The exhibit includes outfits worn by the Queen from State events to family celebrations and runs until October 2, 2016. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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November 1947:  A Norman Hartnell sketch of one of the dresses to be worn by the bridesmaids at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth. It is a diaphanous gown of ivory silk tulle, inspired by the pictures of Winterhalter, Tuxen and Sir George Hayter at Buckingham Palace.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

November 1947: A Norman Hartnell sketch of one of the dresses to be worn by the bridesmaids at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth. It is a diaphanous gown of ivory silk tulle, inspired by the pictures of Winterhalter, Tuxen and Sir George Hayter at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

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1947:  A sketch of Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress by Norman Hartnell.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

1947: A sketch of Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress by Norman Hartnell. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: A member of Buckingham Palace staff stands next to a glass case containing Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress during a photocall at Buckingham Palace on July 21, 2016 in London, England. The dress makes up part of a forthcoming exhibit 'Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe' to coincide with the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. The exhibit includes outfits worn by the Queen from State events to family celebrations and runs until October 2, 2016. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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The queen's coronation came just six years after her wedding, when she married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947.

Bridesmaids for the royal wedding included the queen's cousins, Hon. Margaret Elphinstone, Lady Mary Cambridge, Lady Diana Bowes-Lyon, Princess Alexandra of Kent, the queen's little sister Princess Margaret and the queen's lifelong pal and non-royal Lady Elizabeth Longman.

The eight royal bridesmaids wore diaphanous gowns of ivory silk tulle, inspired by the pictures of Winterhalter, Tuxen and Sir George Hayter at Buckingham Palace.

For her wedding, the queen wore a satin ivory dress designed by couturier Norman Hartnell, with a silk veil and diamond tiara, the material for which she now famously paid for using ration coupons.

Both the wedding dress and the accessories worn on the day have been on display a number of times since the Queen's Jubilee, including at Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe, where much of her apparel could be seen up close by members of the public.

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