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At the gates of Buckingham

Palace

Women in Walter street, Manchester getting ready for their street party to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
The coronation prompted celebrations and parties all over Britain.

A Royal Air Force man stoops as he gives his shoes a quick clean

Women huddle together draped in blankets waiting for the procession to come past at Apsley House, Hyde Park

A young girl is carried away for treatment after being injured in the crowds of well-wishers

Ras "Prince" Monolulu, London


street character, walking in parade
during celebration of Queen
Elizabeth II's coronation.

Queen Salote Tubou of Tonga and Ibrahim, Sultan of Kelantan, leaving Westminster Abbey following coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Jawaharlal Nehru (CL) and daughter Indira Gandhi (CR) of India arriving at Westminster Abbey for coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Winston Churchill (C) arriving at Westminster Abbey for coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Some were quite impromptu.

A girl blowing a paper whistle in Morpeth Street, in the East End of London

Pilots with the first newsreel of the coronation set off for North America

A woman and her son who camped out overnight to watch the procession

People on the street straining to catch glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II during coronation parade

Page boy Jeremy Clyde

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation carriage and procession coming through Admiralty Arch on the way from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham
Palace.

The State Coach, seen here at Admiralty Arch, was drawn by eight grey geldings. On its guilded roof sat three cherubs representing
England, Scotland and Ireland.

The royal carriage of Queen Elizabeth II passes Buckingham Palace on its way to Westminster Abbey

The royal carriage of Queen Elizabeth II passes along Victoria Embankment on its way to Westminster Abbey on Coronation Day

The Royal Coach carrying the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as it approached Admiralty Arch on the way to the Abbey on Coronation day

A Royal Signal Corps


officer directs the marchers
during the Coronation
Parade on Piccaddilly

Soldiers march down The Mall, during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Massed troops in the procession make their way to through Admiralty Arch

From their vantage point the royals could look out on some of the three million people who turned out in London and view an RAF flypast
down the Mall.

The crowd at Marble Arch, some are using periscopes to get a better view

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are seen through the window of the royal carriage as they arrive in Trafalgar Square.

Queen Elizabeth II being helped out of the Coach, by


Maids of Honour as she arrives at Westminster
Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the bishop of Durham Lord Michael Ramsay (L) and the bishop of Bath and Wells Lord Harold Bradfield, as
she walks to the altar during her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey. Her maids of honour carry her train

The Queen Mother and Prince Charles with Princess Margaret in the royal box at Westminster Abbey watching the coronation ceremony

Royal affair ... the Queen's family


watch the Coronation

Queen Elizabeth II seated in the chair Of state as she takes the oath during the coronation ceremony

Pomp and ceremony ... Coronation at Westminster Abbey

Queen Elizabeth II seated in King Edward's chair.

Queen Elizabeth is crowned in 1953 at a ceremony in Westminster Abbey

At the ceremony in Westminster Abbey the Queen was handed symbols of authority the orb, the sceptre, which represents temporal power,
the rod of mercy, representing her spiritual role and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies. She was also given the armills gold bracelets
symbolising wisdom and authority. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher, then placed St Edward's Crown on her head. The crown
consists of 444 stones and dates back to 1661 when it was created to replace one destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

Crowning glory ... the Queen on the


throne at Westminster Abbey at her
Coronation

Six aristocratic beauties including Winston Churchill's niece were chosen to carry the Queen's 18ft velvet train, which one recalls, was as heavy
as a carpet. The occasion meant new Norman Hartnell dresses, which was a real treat since clothes were still on coupons. Afterwards, the Maids
of Honour received beautiful brooches of the monarch's initials in her handwriting in diamonds.

The Queen and her retinue walking down the


knave of Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the


bishop of Durham Lord Michael Ramsay
(L) and the bishop of Bath and Wells Lord
Harold Bradfield, walks to the altar during
her coronation ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State crown and carrying the Orb and Sceptre, returns to Buckingham Palace from Westminster Abbey,
London, following her Coronation.

Earlier in the day throngs had lined the streets to glimpse their brave young Princess, wearing the George IV State Diadem, on her way to be
installed as Queen Elizabeth II. She was conveyed in the Gold State Coach, which was built in 1762 and has starred in every coronation since
George IV's in 1821.

Queen Elizabeth II is seen through the


window of the royal carriage, after being
crowned at Westminter Abbey in London

Coronation portrait of
Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II with her maids of honour after the coronation (left to right) Lady Moyra Hamilton; Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill; Lady Anne
Coke; Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby; Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart; Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton; and the mistress of the robes,
the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

One of the official photographs of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, with Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth The
Queen Mother (right) and Princess Margaret

Queen Elizabeth II in Coronation robes


with the Duke of Edinburgh.

A group photograph with the extended family including the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. The Queen now wears the Imperial State
Crown, featuring 2,868 diamonds, and traditionally used by monarchs for their departure from the Abbey.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 - portrait with Prince Charles and Princess Anne

The newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth II waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth II poses with the royal


sceptre 02 June 1953 after being crowned
solemnly at Westminter Abbey in London

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Queen Elizabeth II coronation in 1953

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