Elizabeth II Coronation Pictures
The radiantly happy Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side acknowledges the tumultuous greetings of her peoples as she sets out
for Westminster Abbey.
Against the background of Buckingham Palace the golden coach sweeps into the processional route as the great roar of acclamation swells
from the cheering crowds.
All the brilliance of the magnificant pagaentry is captured as the Queen arrives at the Abbey.
Magnificent in her robes and wearing her brilliant diadem of precious stones, Her Majesty leaves the golden State coach and enters the
abbey. The Duke of Edinburgh looks on as the Maids of Honour gather her train.
Many among the vast crowds in Trafalgar Square used their periscopes to catch a glimpse of the Peers in their coaches.
Top left: The Princess Royal and Duchess of Gloucester leaving Buckingham Palace in their coach. Top right: The Duchess of Kent being
received on her arrival at Westminster Abbey with her children, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael.
Bottom-left:Prince William and Prince Richard escorting their mother, the Duchess of Gloucester to her coach on leaving the Palace. Bottom-right: The rows of Peers in their places in the Abbey with the Duke of Gloucester, uncle and personal A.D.C. to the Queen in the foreground.
Princess Margaret makes her stately progress in the Queen Mothers Procession through the Abbey on Arrival
Sir Winston Churchill wearing the uniform of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and the Great George, part of the Order of
the Garter Insignia, joins the procession of Prime Ministers.
Lord and Lady Beatty carry their coronets in handbag fashion as they leave the ceremony.
The solemn ritual over, Her Gracious Majesty proceeds in procession to the West Door of The Abbey.
Her Majesty the Queen photographed in the Chair of Estate after taking the Oath. Other members of the Royal family can be seen looking on from the gallery.
Seated in St. Edwards Chair in a simple white dress four Knights of the Garter prepared to hold the Canopy Her Majesty awaited the solemn ritual of Annointing.
The most outstanding and memoriable moment in the life of Queen Elizabeth II - and the part of the glorious ceremony of the Coronation eagerly awaited by thousands, both in Westminster Abbey and in the homes of England through the service of television. Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury about to CROWN THE QUEEN.
The Queen is Crowned
Seated on the throne wearing St. Edwards Crown, the Queen receives homage from her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
From the roof of Buckinghsm Palace, the camera records for posterity the brilliance of the Royal cavalcade as it departs on the first stage of the triumphal procession to Westminster. This was the moment for which the vast multitude of loyal subjects had waited so long.
The Queen receives the Orb from the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Abbey. The Queen Mother, Prince Charles, heir to the throne together with Princess Margaret, Princess Mary the Duchess of Gloucester and the Duchess of Kent with other members of the Royal Family are seen in the gallery.
Another precious moment taken during the service in Westminster.
Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh kneeling side by side in front of the Altar for the Communion in Westminster Abbey following the Crowning and Homage Ceremonies.
Serene and Beautiful the smiling young Queen acknowledges the assembled crowds at Hyde Park Corner as she returns to the palace. Here the camera highlights the superb craftsmanship of the State Coach.
While Prince Charles watches the Duke of Edinburgh pay his homage to the Queen, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother explains this part of the ceremony. Princess Margaret leans forward intent upon the scene.
The impressive moment the Queen Mother enters the Abbey followed by Princess Margaret.
Wearing the Crown and carrying the Orb and Sceptre the Queen makes an historic picture of Royal Splendour as she passes through the Abbey.
Her Majesty the Queen attended by the Duchess of Devonshire (Mistress of the Robes), posed for this striking study in the Throne Room. The beautiful embroidery on her train can clearly be seen.
The Duke of Edinburgh smiles happily at his Queen and wife, as accompanied by Prince Charles and Princess Anne, they watch planes of the Royal Air Force fly past in salute.
Escorted by the Bishop of Durham (on her right) and the Bishop of Bath and Wells, her train borne by the Maids of Honour, the Queen presents a picture of regal dignity as she enters the theatre of the Abbey.
The Dean of Westminster stands before the altar holding the St.Edwards Crown with which the Archbishop of Canterbury performs the Coronation Ceremony.
Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh after the ceremony.
A striking formal picture of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh taken in Buckingham Palace.
The Queen and members of the Royal Family photographed in the Throne Room of the Palace.
And so a young and fair Queen has been crowned and another page in history written. Within the walls of Westminster Abbey whose very stones contain the various traditions of our island race, the Imperial State Crown was placed upon her head and the Orb and Sceptre in her hands. Thus before the Peers of the Realm and distinguished representatives of her Commonwealth, colonies and peoples, did Her Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II come to her throne.
Naught but this greatest of Royal events could provide the glittering splendour and solemn ritual that made London the world's focal point. From the ends of the earth there gathered the greatest concourse ever known, not only to look upon history in the making, but to offer their affections to the beloved daughter of a revered father.
That was her day - and ours. For us, her peoples, the memory will never fade. A new Elizabethan Age has dawned. May its years be endowed with the blessings of peace and prosperity, and long may her reign be happy and glorious.