02.06.

1953: The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

1953: The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/An Australian stamp issued for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

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  • Historical event
  • 2 June 1953
  • It is interesting to note that Elizabeth II wore her crown before this coronation (she tried to get used to it), even while she was drinking tea, reading newspapers etc.

On this day in 1953, the coronation of the British Queen Elizabeth II was held at the famous Westminster Abbey in London.

The next coronation will be held afterthe Queen’s death or her abdication. Elizabeth II was 27 years old at the time, and her husband Prince Philip was four years older than Elizabeth II (they had been married for more than five years).

The coronation was something akin to a world event. The preparations for the coronation lasted about 16 months.

Elizabeth II served not only as the British Queen, but also Queen of Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Ceylon, and even Pakistan.

It is interesting to note that Elizabeth II wore her crown before this coronation (she tried to get used to it), even while she was drinking tea, reading newspapers etc.

This crown contains 2,868 diamonds, for example the valuable 317.4 carat diamond, known as Cullinan II and St Edward’s Sapphire, which St. Edward the Confessor allegedly wore on his ring or crown, and the famous “Ruby Black Prince”, which has been part of the royal jewels since the Middle Ages.

Her coronation was the first in history that was broadcast. Even experimental 3D technology was used for the coronation.

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest ecclesiastical person in the Anglican Church.

 

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