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Events from History: 2 June 1953

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, a grand spectacle marking a new era, took place on June 2nd, 1953, over a year after her accession to the throne. More than a year was necessary for meticulous planning and to allow a respectful period of mourning to pass after the death of her father, King George VI. Westminster Abbey, steeped in history as the coronation church for English monarchs since 1066, became the stage for this momentous occasion. Television cameras, a novelty at the time, captured the ceremony for a global audience estimated at over 20 million viewers.

The ceremony itself, steeped in tradition and rich symbolism, was a televised first for Britain. The young Queen, a symbol of hope and stability in a post-war world, pledged her duty to the Commonwealth realms during the coronation oath. Following a long-established ritual, she was anointed with holy oil, invested with regalia, and finally crowned with the glittering St. Edward’s Crown, a weighty symbol of her new role.

Later emerging onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth II waved to her adoring subjects, officially embarking on her reign as a beacon of unity and tradition for a nation and the world to watch.

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