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Today in History: June 2nd, 1953

Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, England

On June 2, 1953, a remarkable event took place that would shape the future of the British monarchy: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Held at Westminster Abbey in London, this grand ceremony marked the official start of Elizabeth’s reign following the death of her father, King George VI, in February 1952. More than just a royal tradition, the coronation symbolized hope and continuity for a nation emerging from the hardships of World War II.

Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation, surrounded by people.
Queen Elizabeth II seated upon the throne at her coronation in Westminster Abbey, London. (Photo Credit: Topical Press Agency / Getty Images)

The day’s events began with an elaborate procession through the streets of London. Thousands of excited spectators lined the route as Queen Elizabeth II traveled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the stunning Gold State Coach. The ceremony was filled with tradition and pageantry, featuring the Coronation Oath, the anointing with holy oil, and the crowning by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher. During the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth wore the majestic St. Edward’s Crown and held the Orb and Sceptre, symbols of her royal authority.

This coronation was unique because it was the first to be televised. An estimated 27 million people in the United Kingdom watched the event live on television, and millions more around the world listened to radio broadcasts. The extensive media coverage brought the splendor of the ceremony into people’s homes, making them feel like they were part of the historic day.

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The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II had a profound impact on the British people and the wider Commonwealth. It symbolized a fresh start and a renewed sense of unity and stability. Public celebrations followed, including street parties and gatherings, reflecting the widespread joy and optimism of the time.

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