Coronation day

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was on 2nd June 1953

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was on 2nd June 1953

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was on 2nd June 1953, Elizabeth II, was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, and Pakistan, as well as taking on the role of Head of the Commonwealth. Elizabeth, then aged 26, ascended the thrones of these countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The coronation was held more than a year after the accession, on 2 June 1953. This followed the tradition that a festival such as a coronation was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign. In the coronation ceremony itself, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the laws of her nations and to govern the Church of England. Celebrations took place and a commemorative medal was issued throughout the Commonwealth realms.

The Coronation of the Queen was the first ever to be televised, the event was also filmed in colour, separately from the BBC’s black and white television broadcast.

 more information: Coronation festival, The Official website