Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 

Singapore #27 was issued for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

On June 2, 1953, the coronation ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II attracted worldwide attention.

Born in 1926 to the King’s second son and his wife, Princess Elizabeth was never expected to rule England. She was third in line behind her uncle Edward and then her father, Albert.

On her grandfather George V’s death in 1936, her uncle ascended to the throne as anticipated. But King Edward VIII, as he was known, abdicated before the year was out to marry an American divorcee. Elizabeth’s parents, Albert and Elizabeth, then the Duke and Duchess of York, suddenly became King George VI and the queen consort. And ten-year-old Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor became the heir.

Great Britain #313-16 were issued for Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

On February 6, 1952, Princess Elizabeth received word that her father, King George VI, had passed away, making her the country’s new queen. She immediately proclaimed herself queen, head of the Commonwealth, and defender of the Faith. Planning immediately began for her coronation, which wouldn’t be held for over a year due to extensive preparations and the desire for a sunny day.

Cook Islands #350 was issued for the 20th anniversary of her coronation.

On June 2, 1953, the United Kingdom was buzzing with excitement over the new queen’s coronation. The ceremony took place at London’s Westminster Abbey. Over 8,000 guests attended the ceremony, with another three million filling the streets and hoping to see the new queen traveling in her golden stagecoach – many of whom camped overnight to ensure a good spot. The queen promised her subjects in a radio address that “Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”

Item #M12246 was issued for her diamond jubilee in 2012.

An estimated 20 million people watched the coronation on television. Many people at the time didn’t have televisions of their own – in fact, many had never even seen a television before – so they crowded around their neighbor’s TVs. The airing of the coronation led to a dramatic increase of television sales in the United Kingdom.

Item #M11630 was issued in 2015 to honor Elizabeth as England’s longest-reigning monarch.

Acorns from the oak trees surrounding Windsor Castle were mailed to nations in the Commonwealth and planted in parks, schools, and private lawns. The trees became known as royal oaks or coronation oaks.

Item #M12248 was issued this year to mark the 65th anniversary of her coronation.

In 2003, the queen celebrated the 50th anniversary of her coronation with a religious ceremony at the Westminster Cathedral. The congregation of about 1,000 guests included 240 people who’d attended the coronation 50 years earlier. There were also 340 “coronation babies” in attendance – people who were born on June 2, 1953.

Item #M11742 – A collection of 67 mint Queen Elizabeth stamps!

On September 9, 2015, Elizabeth II became England’s longest reigning monarch, surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria. While guiding her country through 65 years of social and political change, she has always remained a symbol of national stability. As UN President Ban Ki-moon put it, Queen Elizabeth II truly is “an anchor of our age” in Britain, and throughout the world.

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  1. I had a pal in Seattle – alas, long gone. An absolute anglophile and member of the Anglican church who stayed up to the wee hours in Seattle for a live radio broadcast of the coronation. He dutifully sang the hymns as the service progressed. This would have been the year of our high school graduation.

  2. Believe Queen Victoria was the great-great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, rather than the great-grandmother as noted in the last paragraph of the article. Order of descent would be Victoria-Edward VII-George V-George VI-Elizabeth II. I read somewhere that Prince Philip is also a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, making him eligible to occupy the throne, but he’s too far down the priority ladder for that to ever happen. The list of succession is almost endless.

    • Perhaps because, like arranged marriages, that form of selection and inheritance appears to work better than the election choices we Americans make.

  3. I believe she is a great Queen riding a horse at 94 – and the rest of you will crawl to a pub if you are still alive!!!

  4. I am still having to look up the This Day in History stories. I am not getting them sent to me on a regular basis

  5. It escapes me too. How did that marriage between Charles and Princess Di work out! He was a “toad” to put it mildly.


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