The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is the monarch of the United
Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon and Pakistan,
took place on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth, who was then known as
Princess Elizabeth, ascended to the thrown only days after the death of her
Father, George IV. However, the coronation was delayed for over a year, as it
was seen that such a major event would be inappropriate as the royal family
went into a state of mourning. At the coronation, thousands of people
gathered outside the gates of Westminster Abbey as the soon to be crowned
monarch arrives in a gold coach, ready to be crowned. Then, the arch bishop
of Canterbury places the crown on her head and the newly crowned Queen
abides by the “Laws and customs of all of her people.” Many people watched
this event on Television in the flickering black and white images.
This is event is remembered by lots of people around the world, not just by the
people of Britain. In 2012, we remembered this day as it was 60 years of her
ruling; we celebrated by putting up bunting and holding street parties. This
day is annually celebrated and broadcast everywhere. Hopefully the Queen
will have many more years to come.
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Queen Elizabeth was just 25 when she accepted the role as
Monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New
Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon and Pakistan.
Since William the Conqueror ascended to the throne in the
11th century, every new Monarch of England has been crowned
at Westminster Abbey, and so was Queen Elizabeth. Queen
Elizabeth was the 39th sovereign to take the oath there.
Though only the sixth queen.
The Queen’s coronation dress was made by the Royal Family’s
favourite Fashion Designer, Norman Hartwell. The dress was
made of white satin, which feature traditional flowers on it,
which included the English Tudor Rose, Scottish Thistle, Welsh
Leek, Irish Shamrock, Canadian Maple Leaf, Australian Wattle,
New Zealand Silver Fern and the South African Protea.