Queen Elizabeth II has crowned the monarch of the United Kingdom on June 2, 1953, in a lavish ceremony that continued the age-old English traditions. The coronation took place at London’s Westminster Abbey which was attended by national and international dignitaries and guests.
At the time of her coronation, Queen Elizabeth was 27 while her husband, Prince Philip was 31. The Royal couple greeted the public as they passed along the procession route in a gilded horse-drawn carriage. Accordingly, the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were driven from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the Gold State Coach that was pulled by eight grey gelding horses.
Queen Elizabeth became the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey that day. Queen Elizabeth was the first-born daughter of Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George and she succeeded to the throne when he died.
Today the details of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next June have been revealed by Buckingham Palace. There will be a special four-day Bank Holiday weekend from 2-5 June – Thursday to Sunday – when communities are encouraged to celebrate together. A live concert at Buckingham Palace called the Platinum Party at the Palace will feature “the world’s biggest entertainment stars”.