On This Day 63 Years Ago – Elizabeth Crowned Queen of England

On 2nd June 1953 Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England in a ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London!

In front of more than 8,000 guests, including prime ministers and heads of state from around the Commonwealth, she took the Coronation Oath and is now bound to serve her people and to maintain the laws agreed in parliament.

After being handed the four symbols of authority – the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies – the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher, placed St Edward’s Crown on her head to complete the ceremony.

A shout of “God Save the Queen” was heard and gun salutes were fired as crowds cheered.

The Archbishop and fellow bishops then paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II.

In a radio broadcast the Queen said: “Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust“.

An estimated three million people lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new monarch as she made her way to and from Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach.

The ceremony was watched by millions more around the world as the BBC set up their biggest ever outside broadcast to provide live coverage of the event on radio and television. Street parties were held throughout the UK as people crowded round television sets to watch the ceremony.

See the original article at news.bbc.co.uk.

Elizabeth got a wonderful surprise on the most special day of her young life: she heard from the leader of the British Mount Everest Expedition that Hillary & Tenzing had conquered Mount Everest 4 days earlier. She was determined that Colonel John Hunt & Edmund Hillary would be knighted and that Tenzing Norgay would be awarded the George Medal for their amazing achievement.

The moment that Queen Elizabeth II was crowned!
The moment that Queen Elizabeth II was crowned! Click on the picture to see the video . . .
Not only was it Coronation Day for the young Queen Elizabeth II but – just to cap things off – news came through that Edmund Hillary had become the first mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak
Not only was it Coronation Day for the young Queen Elizabeth II but – just to cap things off – news came through that Edmund Hillary had become the first mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak! Click on the picture to see the article in the Daily Express in 2014 which celebrated the event of 61 before by republishing its archive.

 

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