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“.
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.
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