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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