VISITORS can view robes and coronets worn at the coronations of King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II’s at Knowsley Hall next month.

The Earl and Countess of Derby are opening the doors to their authentic stately home, Knowsley Hall, in Prescot, from Monday July 3 until Thursday, July 6 and again on Monday, July 10.

Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl of Derby, attended the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 6 2023, where he was made Vice Admiral of Lancashire for the Coronation by His Majesty The King and wore the recently conserved robe.

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The 19th Earl of Derby’s uncle, The 18th Earl of Derby and his wife The Countess of Derby, attended the crowning of the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in 1953 and their robes will also be on display.

The exhibition is part of Knowsley Hall’s ‘Hidden Portraits’ Guided Tours Week, which offers a unique opportunity for members of the public to view special memorabilia.

Knowsley Hall is one of Merseyside’s most beautiful and historic houses, with access usually reserved exclusively for private events, including weddings and filming, making this series of tours a truly unique occasion.

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A must for royalists and art enthusiasts, Hidden Portraits will see guests escorted by the curator of The Derby Collection through a selection of rarely seen pictures from the family’s private compilation, including some of the finest portrait paintings of men, created between the mid-seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries.

These include portraits by British and continental oil painters such as Francis Wheatley, Godfrey Kneller, Jan Wyck and Jusepe de Ribera.

Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl of Derby says: “We are delighted to be welcoming guests into our home to view memorabilia from iconic moments in British history.

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“Knowsley Hall has been our ancestral home for over 600 years and this is a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about its incredibly rich and fascinating history.”

Tours take place at 10am and 2pm and last approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance and cost £23.00 per person, including a guided tour, tea, coffee and biscuits.

For further information and to book, visit the Knowsley Hall website here.