As Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, we thought it was worth taking A Look Back at what, exactly, she is celebrating: her glorious coronation in 1953.

The coronation took place almost a year after Elizabeth actually became Queen. Her father, King George VI, died in February 1952. Elizabeth was in Africa when she got the news. A newsreel reporter described the scene:

"I saw our new queen shortly after nine o'clock this morning. How tragic to think that even as she was on the veranda at Treetops, looking out on the wild animals of Africa, going about their strange ways in the moonlight, that at such a moment, she should become queen."

In June of 1953, the country, and much of the world, turned its eyes to Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth was officially crowned. We've compiled news and television footage, as well as a selection of newspapers and magazines, from that occasion to give you a taste of what it felt like all those years ago.

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  • Members of the British royal family, (L-

    Members of the British royal family, (L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Harry stand on the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DARREN STAPLES (Photo credit should read DARREN STAPLES/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Royal barge, 'Spirit of Chartwell' (

    The Royal barge, 'Spirit of Chartwell' (C) carrying Britain's Queen Elizabeth II takes part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London, on June 3, 2012. Hundreds of rowing boats, barges and steamers filled the River Thames with a blaze of colour on Sunday as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London as part of her spectacular diamond jubilee pageant. AFP PHOTO / PAUL HACKETT/POOL (Photo credit should read PAUL HACKETT/AFP/GettyImages)

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    BritBritain's Queen Elizabeth II (R), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (C) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) stand on the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MATT DUNHAM (Photo credit should read MATT DUNHAM/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Princesses Beatrice of York (R) and Princess Eugenie of York wave from the boat 'Havengore' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MATT DUNHAM (Photo credit should read MATT DUNHAM/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Princess Beatrice hugs the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex at the start of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Spectators line Westminster Bridge in London to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3, 2012. Hundreds of rowing boats, barges and steamers filled the River Thames with a blaze of colour on Sunday as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London as part of her spectacular diamond jubilee pageant. AFP PHOTO / Dan Kitwood/POOL (Photo credit should read Dan Kitwood/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Princess Beatrice of York waves to spect

    Princess Beatrice of York waves to spectators from the deck of 'Havengore' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Queen's rowbarge 'Gloriana' travels

    The Queen's rowbarge 'Gloriana' travels ahead of the rowing boats during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London, on June 3, 2012. Hundreds of rowing boats, barges and steamers filled the River Thames with a blaze of colour on Sunday as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London as part of her spectacular diamond jubilee pageant. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Britain's Prince Charles, (L) and Camill

    Britain's Prince Charles, (L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Chelsea Pier to take part in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012. Hundreds of rowing boats, barges and steamers filled the River Thames with a blaze of colour on Sunday as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London as part of her spectacular diamond jubilee pageant. AFP PHOTO / Bethany Clarke/POOL (Photo credit should read Bethany Clarke/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pict

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured aboard the Queen's Royal Barge, 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012. Hundreds of rowing boats, barges and steamers filled the River Thames with a blaze of colour on Sunday as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London as part of her spectacular diamond jubilee pageant. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A small girl wearing Union Jack boots gets a glass of milk during a street party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Edinburgh on June 3, 2012. Britain is celebrating the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking 60 years on the throne during which she has set a number of landmarks. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A little girl cheers with a baloon during a street party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Edinburgh on June 3, 2012. Britain is celebrating the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking 60 years on the throne during which she has set a number of landmarks. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stand together on the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to board the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Members of the Royal family (from left to right) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William and Prince Harry talk onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pict

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is pictured aboard the Queen's Royal Barge, 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012. Hundreds of rowing boats, barges and steamers filled the River Thames with a blaze of colour on Sunday as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London as part of her spectacular diamond jubilee pageant. AFP PHOTO / JOHN STILLWELL/POOL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pri

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William wave onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in ondon on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg

    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walks with an umberella on the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DYLAN MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read DYLAN MARTINEZ/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth (front) waves

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth (front) waves next to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (4th R) and Princes Harry (5th L) and William (5th R) onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read DYLAN MARTINEZ/AFP/GettyImages)