The Queen's Coronation Jubilee

21/05/2013 11:50  |  Coronation Jubilee

Although proclaimed Queen on 6th February 1952, it wasn’t until 2nd June 1953 that the 25 year-old Elizabeth Alexandra Mary from the House of Windsor was officially crowned. To mark the 60th anniversary of her Coronation, a service of celebration will take place at Westminster Abbey , the venue of the original ceremony, on Tuesday 4th June. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh along with other key members of the Royal Family including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are due to attend as are the Prime Minster David Cameron and other Cabinet members as well as Heads of State and dignitaries from the Commonwealth and worldwide. It is hoped that the newly-refurbished Queen’s coronation chair, used by most of her ancestors since the 14th Century, will be on display during the service. The chair’s new design by Ptolmy Dean, Surveyor of the Fabric at the Abbey has been inspired by the gold canopy used during the anointing ceremony.

A weekend of celebrations will take place between 11th and 14th July including a Coronation Festival in the gardens at Buckingham Palace. Hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, the four-day event will be attended by 200 companies who each hold a prestigious Royal Warrants of Appointment. Representing the pinnacle of British excellence and innovation, these companies have for at least the last five years provided goods or services to the royal households. They range from the smallest cottage industries to larger sized businesses such as Bentley Motors Ltd and Glaxo Smith Kline. Members of the general public can also buy tickets to attend the Festival, giving them unparalleled access to the stunning beauty of the Palace gardens. A special gala of music and dance will take place on selected evenings during the weekend.

Also to commemorate the Queen’s Coronation Jubilee, a digitally re-mastered edition of the original Service will be televised for the first time ever since 1953. The service will be broadcast on Sunday 2nd June from 10:15am to 5:20pm, the exact same times as sixty years ago. The first Coronation ever televised, it allowed millions around the world to watch the young Elizabeth II become Queen.

View complete range of Coronation Jubilee commemoratives

View the 1953 Coronation Jubilee Gold Plated Commemorative

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