Queen Elizabeth II was coronated 62 years ago today

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On this day in history, 62 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II was formally crowned as the monarch of the United Kingdom. According to History.com, the coronation included an extravagant ceremony that included traditions that date back to 1,000 years ago. The coronation, which took place at Westminster Abbey, was filled with over 1,000 guests, many of which with notable names. Hundreds of millions of people gathered around their radios to tune into the ceremony, and for the first time in history, people were able to watch the coronation on live television. The queen, who was 27-years-old at the time, was cheered on by millions of spectators as she left Westminster Abbey with her husband, the 30-year-old duke of Edinburgh. The queen and her husband rode a horse and carriage along a five-mile procession route while the spectators watched in amazement.

Elizabeth was the first-born daughter of Prince George who was the second son of King George V. Elizabeth only had one sibling, Princess Margaret. In 1936, her grandfather passed away, and her uncle was then named King Edward VIII. Edward relinquished the throne later that year because he was being scrutinized for his decision to marry an American divorcee. Shortly after, Elizabeth's father was proclaimed King George VI.

During the Battle of Britain, Elizabeth and her sister lived far away from London, in the safety of the countryside, during the battle. Even though Elizabeth and her sister moved away from London, her parents remained in the bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace. As the war progressed, Elizabeth trained as a second lieutenant in the women's services, and she learned to drive repaired military trucks.

Queen Elizabeth II delivered a serious and clear oath during her coronation, binding herself to service the people of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth. After the coronation, representatives from more than 40 member states of the Commonwealth joined Elizabeth and her husband. The group included heads of state, prime ministers, and sultans.

Queen Elizabeth II has ruled for five decades now, and her popularity has remained strong and unwavering. It should be noted that Queen Elizabeth II has traveled more than any other British monarch, and she has taken strides during her time on the throne, visiting South America and the Persian Gulf countries.

Queen Elizabeth II, now 89, is the third oldest person to hold the British crown, and although she has begun to delegate some of her official duties to her children, she has no intention of abdicating any time soon.

Check out pictures from the 1953 coronation below:

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953
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Queen Elizabeth II was coronated 62 years ago today
Queen Elizabeth II poses in her coronation attire in the throne room of Buckingham Palace in London, after her coronation, June 2, 1953. (AP Photo)
In a traditional ceremony, Britain crowned a new Queen, the Empire's first reigning woman since Queen Victoria. Elizabeth II wore the bejeweled Imperial Crown and carried the Orb, in left hand, and Scepter with Cross as she left Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, at the end of the Coronation Ceremony. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 75th birthday on Saturday, April 21, 2001. (AP Photo)
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing her crown, center foreground, leads the procession through Westminster Abbey's nave after her coronation in London, England, June 2, 1953. The Queen of England is flanked by the Bishop of Durham Rev. Arthur Michael Ramsay, left, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells High Rev. Harold William Bradfield. Maids of honor follow behind, carrying the cape. (AP Photo)
The royal carriage of Queen Elizabeth II passes along Victoria Embankment on its way to Westminster Abbey, on June 02, 1953, during the ceremony of coronation of the Queen. The Queen was solemnly crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
The Queen's train is lifted by footman as she leaves Buckingham Palace, to enter the state coach to drive to Westminster Abbey, London, for the coronation this morning June 2, 1953, for Elizabeth to become Queen Elizabeth II. (AP Photo)
File-Coronation. The supreme moment: This is the supreme moment in the Abbey's scene of glorious and unforgettable pageantry-the moment when the Archbishop of Canterbury places the crown on the head of Queen Elizabeth II. who is sitting in the St. Edward's chair. (Ap photo/pool) 2. June 1953
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing St. Edward's Crown, is helped into throne in Westminster Abbey after her coronation in London, June 2, 1953. Aiding the young monarch are the Archbishop of Canterbury, left foreground, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who stands next to the Archbishop. The Queen carries in her left hand the Rod with the Dove; in her right hand the Scepter with Cross. (AP Photo)
Queen Elizabeth II sits in King Edward's chair after receiving the crown, scepter and rod from the Archbishop of Canterbury, back to camera, in Westminster Abbey in London, England, June 2, 1953. The Queen of England is flanked by the Bishop of Durham Rev. Arthur Michael Ramsay, left, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells High Rev. Harold William Bradfield. (AP Photo)
Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in the magnificent robe of cloth of gold, receives the sceptre with cross, the ensign of kingly power and justice, from the Archbishop of Canterbury, June 20, 1953. (AP Photo/POOL)
Queen Elizabeth II poses with the royal sceptre 02 June 1953 after being crowned solemnly at Westminter Abbey in London. Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen in 1952 at age 25. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Canadian Mounted Police pass through Piccadilly Circus, London, June 2, 1953, on the processional route back to Buckingham Palace after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey. (AP Photo)
The Golden Coach, with the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II inside, passes through Trafalgar Square, London, June 2, 1953, on the processional drive following the Coronation of the Queen in Westminster Abbey. (AP Photo/Satff/Royle)
A carriage carrying The Rt Hon. Louis St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada, passes through Picadilly Circus, London, with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the processions following the coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, June. 2, 1953. (AP Photo)
The smiling Queen Elizabeth framed in the window of the State coach as she left Buckingham Palace quadrangle for Westminster Abbey for the Coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953 in London. (AP Photo/pool)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II holds Prince Charles' hand as she gathers with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and other members of the British royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to greet supporters, following her coronation at Westminster Abbey. London, June. 2, 1953. Princess Anne stands next to Charles and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, second right, and Princess Margaret, right. (AP Photo/Priest)
(FILES) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Prince Philip waves to the crowd, 02 June 1953, after being crowned solemnly at Westminter Abbey in London. Queen Elizabeth II was set Thursday 20 December 2007, to become the oldest monarch, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria amid signs the royal family is preparing for life after 81-year-old 'Lillibet'. Victoria died in 1901 aged 81 years and 243 days, and Elizabeth will mark passing the milestone with neither pomp nor ceremony, spending the day as usual with her husband of 60 years, Prince Philip. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen's Guards marching along Pall Mall as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation procession, London, 2nd June 1953. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
This view shows Britain’s New Queen Elizabeth II (third from right) and members of her party in Golden Box at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London on June 8, 1953, to hear first performance of a New Opera, “Gloriana,” dedicated to her. At right are Queen Mother Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. On other side of Queen are Princess Margaret (left) and Norway’s Crown Prince Olav and his wife. Opera, by composer Benjamin Britten, was especially for coronation and celebrates the triumphs of Queen Elizabeth I. (AP Photo)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, gather with other members of the British royal family to greet supporters from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following her coronation at Westminster Abbey. London, June. 2, 1953. (AP Photo/Priest)
Queen Elizabeth II smiles at a saluting subject as she alights from her coach on arrival at Westminster Abbey, London on June 2, 1953 for her coronation. Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet, watches at right as maids of honor arrange the queen's train. (AP Photo)
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial Crown, smiles and waves to crowd from balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 3, 1953 in London, on returning from Westminster Abbey following her coronation. (AP Photo)

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