The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (June 2, 1953) - History Key

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (June 2, 1953)

After his father’s death on February 6, 1952, Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25. The coronation took place more than a year later because of the tradition. It was inappropriate to celebrate during the period of mourning. Therefore, on June 2, 1953 at the Westminster Abbey Cathedral took place the ceremony of crowning Elizabeth II as the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Commonwealth.

The ceremony was attended by 8,251 guest from all British nobility, across the Commonwealth and foreign representatives. All the guests witnessed the whole event despite the torrential rain. The ceremony was broadcast on radio all over the world and, for the first time the event was filmed. The coronation was followed by strolls along the streets of London, an overview of the Spithead fleet and visits to Scotland, Northen Ireland and Wales.

An important part of the queen’s activity is to support and encourage public service and volunteering by engaging in charitable organizations. Currently, the queen is organizing over 600 charitable organizations covering different areas of charity and volunteering. In the next few rows we will talk about a few interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth II.

2 June 1953: coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
2 June 1953: coronation of Queen Elizabeth II © Image Source: moneyweek.com/twitter.com

Coronation Facts

      Queen Mary was the first Queen to see her grandchild ascend to the throne. However, Queen Mary died before the Coronation took place.

      Since the Coronation, the Queen has worn the Coronation dress six times.

      Prince Charles became the first child to witness his mother’s coronation as Sovereign. Princess Anne did not attend the ceremony as she was considered too young.

      129 countries and territories were officially represented.

      About 27 million people from Britain watched the ceremony on TV and 11 million listened on the radio.

      W. Churchill was against the Coronation of being broadcasted, but the new Queen had the final decision.

      In the ceremony, the Queen made only one minor mistake. She forgot to curtsey with her Maids of Honour.

The official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II,taken by Cecil Beaton after her coronation
The official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II,taken by Cecil Beaton after her coronation © Image Source: blick.ch/ Reddit.com

Queen Elizabeth II Facts

      She was named after her mother.

      She was educated at home.

      She served in WWII.

      She married her third cousin, Prince Philip.

      She doesn’t need a passport to travel.

      She doesn’t need a driver’s license.

      She doesn’t have to pay taxes, but she chooses to anyway.

      She technically own all the dolphins in the UK.

      She survived an assassination attempt.

Queen Elizabeth II and family on the balcony after the Coronation ceremony
Queen Elizabeth II and family on the balcony after the Coronation ceremony © Image Source:: Getty Images/mirror.co.uk

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