Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in pictures

Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms at Westminster Abbey in London. She ascended the throne at the age of 25, following the death of her father, George VI.

Due to the practice of waiting until an appropriate time after the death of an emperor, the coronation was held more than a year later.

It was the first fully televised British coronation.

In Britain, 27 million people watched the event live on the BBC television service, many of whom had acquired or rented televisions especially for the occasion.

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Elizabeth II wearing the Imperial State Crown

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Crowds of people under lights in The Mall during the celebrations following the coronation of Elizabeth II

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coach passing trafalgar square

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2 June 1953: Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation carriage and procession coming through Admiralty Arch

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Queen Elizabeth II’s royal carriage passes by Victoria Embankment

Queen Elizabeth II, seated in the Coronation Chair, known as St Edward’s Chair

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Queen Elizabeth II poses with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and her sister Princess Margaret

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip after the Queen’s coronation

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Princess Alexandra of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, The Queen of Kent, Princess Margaret, The Duke of Gloucester, Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen Mum, The Young Duke of Kent, The Princess Royal, The Duchess on the Queen’s Coronation Day of Gloucester, Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Richard of Gloucester