Museum of Brisbane

Sunday Stories | The Queens Ball

This sepia tinted photograph was taken by the Dorothy Coleman Studio and shows the Lord Mayor’s Ball, held in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, at City Hall, 1954. Here the Queen and Prince Phillip sit onstage beneath an elaborate setting of plants, flowers and figures. The initials ‘ER’ are visible, referring to ‘Elizabeth Regina’ the latin form of Queen Elizabeth. In the foreground we see a large crowd of couples dancing in evening attire. The men wear tuxedos and military uniforms, while the women wear long evening gowns and long gloves.

This image (detail) is part of the Museum of Brisbane Collection. Thanks to the Fashion Archives.