Issue Date: 30/05/2013
Issue Name: Royal Portraits - 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Our beautiful cover features the Coronation Procession travelling down the Mall from Westminster to Buckingham Palace, following the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It compliments the 'Royal Portrait' stamps perfectly, showing our Queen through her 60 year reign. It has a specially designed London SW1 postmark and is available signed by Lady Pamela Hicks (one of Queen's bridesmaids).
60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2nd June 1953 amid nationwide celebration. Even the rain could not dampen the spirit of the occasion, as people all over the country threw street parties, decorated their towns and villages. Nor did it deter an estimated 3 million people from lining the streets of London. Many had even braved the awful weather and camped out on the streets overnight for their glimpse of the Queen’s procession in the Gold State Coach from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. Television sales had also risen, ensuring people could watch all the events in the comfort of their own homes after a controversial decision to televise the Coronation ceremony.
The crowning ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey at 11am, with more than 8000 guests attending. Her Majesty took the Coronation Oath and was then handed the four symbols of authority - the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher, lowered St Edward’s crown on to the Queen’s head to complete the ceremony. A shout of "God Save the Queen" was heard and gun salutes were fired as crowds cheered and the Archbishop and fellow bishops then paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II.
The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her husband and Consort, Prince Philip, progressed through the throngs of people lining the route back to Buckingham Palace. The royal family including the Queen Mother appeared on the balcony for a RAF fly past and the celebration concluded with a spectacular display of fire works over the Victoria Embankment.
In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee, a feat only achieved by one other monarch in British history, her great great grandmother Queen Victoria. In celebration a new portrait of Her Majesty has been commissioned by Royal Mail, just unveiled in their commemorative stamp issue, HM Queen - Sixty years of Royal portraits.
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Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks is a British aristocrat. She is the younger daughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma by his wife, Edwina Mountbatten.