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Accession & Coronation

Accession & Coronation


Princess Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, died on 6 February 1952 at the age of 56.

Princess Elizabeth was only 25 years old at the time of her father’s death.  The Princess was on tour in Kenya when she heard the news of her father’s death.  She returned to England in mourning, awaiting accession to the throne.

Although Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen immediately on her father’s death, it would be more than a year before The Queen’s Coronation took place in June 1953.


Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June 1953 in a solemn ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London.

The Coronation of Elizabeth II was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher.

The ceremony was attended by an estimated 8,000 guests, including Prime Ministers from Commonwealth countries and Head of States.

The event was, for the first time in history, broadcast on television.  It was the largest public broadcast ever to have occurred of a British event and, is thought to have been watch by millions around the world.

Main Image: Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State Crown, and The Duke of Edinburgh wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after The Queen’s Coronation, 2 June 1953.