June 2, 1953 - The Queen Sits At Her Throne
This day 60 years ago marks the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II coronation. After the mourning priode of her father, King George VI’s death, Queen Elizabeth II is finally crowned the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, and Pakistan. She also becomes the head of the Commonwealth, which includes countries no longer under the control of the Great Britain.
Elizabeth II’s coronation took place at Westminister Abbey, very much like other coronations before her. It was televised upon the dismay of her Prime Minster at the time Sir Winston Churchill. The coronation was one of the first big televised events of its time.
Elizabeth II wore dress designed by Norman Hartnell. She also wore the Robe of State, a 5.5 metre (6 yard) long, hand woven silk velvet cloak lined with Canadian ermine that required the assistance of the Queen’s maids of honour—Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Lady Anne Coke, Lady Moyra Hamilton, Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton, Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill, and the Duchess of Devonshire.
The guest included various heads of states from all over the Commonwealth as well as Europe, Asia, and Africa, as a many political dignitaries in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.