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.
Church leaders, Commonwealth Prime Ministers, and members of the Royal Household were all part of the procession
A total of 250 people made up the Sovereign’s procession.
A representative of another church took part in the service for the first time
Although the Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland also took part.
There were six parts to the coronation
First, there was the recognition, then the oath, the anointing, the investiture, and then enthronement. Here is the one royal tradition Queen Elizabeth II breaks.
The Queen had a new batch of Anointing Oil
Traditionally, the Anointing Oil is made to last for several coronations. However, in May 1941 a bomb hit the Deanery thus destroying the vial. A new batch was made with a mix of olive oil, jasmine, musk and other scents.
Prince Charles was the first child to witness his mother’s coronation as Sovereign
Princess Anne was not allowed to attend given her young age.
The young Prince Charles also received his own hand-painted invitation
The four-year-old Prince Charles received a special pencil and watercolor illustration on his invite.
A total of 8,251 guests attended Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation ceremony
The guest list, of course, included various members of royalty as well as representatives of foreign states, the London Gazette reports.
Representatives from 129 nations were at the service
Queen Elizabeth II is known for traveling more extensively than any other British monarch, so it is fitting so many foreign individuals were in attendance. Find out how many places are named after Queen Elizabeth II.