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:
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