40 Fascinating Facts About Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation
The Queen’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Read on to learn little-known facts about this historical day.
Her coronation date was reportedly chosen based on the weather
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned 65 years ago on June 2, 1953. Meteorologists advised the then soon-to-be queen that June 2 was statistically the most likely to have good weather. Unfortunately, it rained.
Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne while abroad
On February 6, 1952—the day her father, King George VI, died—Queen Elizabeth II was in Kenya. She became the first sovereign in over 200 years to accede to the throne while abroad.
The Queen's coronation service mimicked that of King Edgar at Bath
The original order of service was written in Latin and was used until the coronation of Elizabeth I.
The Duke of Norfolk helped organize the coronation
The Duke of Norfolk was also responsible for the State funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and the investiture of The Prince of Wales.
Eight grey horses pulled Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to Westminster Abbey
The horses pulling the Gold State Coach were named Cunningham, Tovey, Noah, Tedder, Eisenhower, Snow White, Tipperary, and McCreery. See more rare photos of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Her bouquet combined flowers from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man
The Queen held a mix of white flowers including orchids, lilies-of-the-valley, stephanotis, orchids, and carnations. Here are the most bizarre perks of the royals.
Queen Elizabeth II's coronation dress was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell—where he hid a good-luck charm
Sir Hartnell helped the Queen create a gorgeous gown of satin encrusted with pearls, sequins, and crystals. What Queen Elizabeth didn't know is that Sir Hartnell included an extra four-leaf shamrock on the left side of her skirt, People reports.
The Queen has worn her coronation dress six times
She wore the dress several times, including to the opening of Parliament in New Zealand and Australia in 1954.
The Buckingham Palace workers watched the Queen leave
Chefs, gardeners, and housemaids gathered inside the Grand Hall at Buckingham Palace to watch the Queen ride to Westminster Abbey.