FANS of the British royal family are in for a treat with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee exhibition, which opened at Illawarra Museum last week.
The exhibition, covering 1901 until the present, features some amazing royal memorabilia, including a replica of the gown worn by King Edward VIII when he was baptised on July 16, 1894.
Edward was one of the shortest-reigning monarchs, from January 20 to December 11, 1936, after abdicating to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Illawarra Museum manager Carol Herben said the satin and lace gown was donated in 1972 by a local family.
Also on display are a souvenir teapot from Edward VIII's coronation, a plate celebrating Edward VII's coronation in 1902, and an entry from the Queen Mother's diary about her coronation.
The exhibition runs at the museum, 11 Market Street, until the end of 2012.