THE CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II.
London, 2nd June 1953.
Contributed by George MILLIE.
(Compiled from print media sources)
King George VI died during the night of 15th/
During the final weeks leading up to 2nd June every
city, town, village and hamlet was bedecked with the Union Flag, bunting, and
photographs of the Monarch. Street parties were organized, and extra trains
and buses were provided to transport spectators into the City of
The Queen approved the
decision to allow the proceedings inside Westminster Abbey to be televised,
enabling some 56% of the population of the
In-bound: Westminster Abbey - Parliament Square – Whitehall – Haymarket - Pall Mall – St. James’s Street – Piccadilly – East Carriage Road - Oxford Street - Regent Street – Haymarket - The Mall - Buckingham Palace.
On June 2nd, at , the Queen’s gold State Coach drawn by eight
Windsor Greys slowly made its way through the gates of
“The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II”.
In Westminster Abbey the
ceremony, its origins established in mediaeval times, was conducted by Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, and
witnessed by a congregation of some 7,700 people. As the ceremony reached its
climax Prince Charles, aged four years, was seen peeping over the Royal
Family’s balcony. He was standing next to the Queen Mother. As St. Edward’s
crown was placed upon the Queen’s head the guns of the
(above) Crowds of spectators watch the State Royal Coach round the Statue of Eros (left of picture) after the Coronation
As the Queen emerged from
the Abbey to return via an extended route to
THE CORONATION MEDAL.
This medal, to commemorate the Coronation, was struck in
silver at the Royal Mint for issue to members of the Crown Services and
The Coronation Medal, engraved round the rim with the words: ‘MOUNT
EVEREST EXPEDITION’, was presented by the Queen to all the fourteen
members of the expedition at
June 2nd, 1953.
A SQUADDIE’S EXPERIENCE.
Contributed by the former
22289011 Craftsman PERROTT D.J.
5 Anti Aircraft Group Workshops REME
Being asked to reflect upon my experiences on and around the time of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and to put those reflections into words might not seem much of a challenge to some. I was then young and foolish (as opposed to old and foolish as I am now) and perhaps did not fully appreciate the honour of being chosen or the uniqueness in my lifetime of the occasion. So I sailed through it blissfully unaware that some forty-eight years on I would be asked to record my memories of the events.
Three of us were chosen to represent the Unit, either marching or lining the route. How were these selections made? I never really knew, or perhaps I never cared. As for both Ginger FLEMEN and me I think height was possibly a consideration; he was tall and for lining the route it could have been a qualification. On the other hand I was five feet nine-ish and therefore wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb or anything else you can think of in your average platoon.
George MILLIE modelling items of Dave FLEMEN’s
(No 1 Dress Blues cap, jacket and white cotton gloves)
L/Cpl Dave FLEMEN and Craftsman Dave PERROTT wearing almost complete No 1 Dress Blues uniform reintroduced for the Coronation Parade (note the absence of collar dogs, white cotton gloves, and highly beazed boots)
The preparations were fairly intense; it was the one and only
time the Army cared if our uniforms properly fitted us. The uniform, No 1
Dress Blues re-introduced for the occasion, was really well tailored. We
apparently had to become accustomed to marching prodigious distances with a
rifle “at the slope” so, in true military fashion and with Army logic they
“marched us prodigious distances with a rifle at the slope”. I recall it was
a scorching hot Whitsun that year and we were confined to camp - no 72-hour
passes - and spent all weekend tramping the roads around
Of the train journey to
One of the highlights of our stay was a very obliging young lady
whose French windows and balcony were opposite our toilet windows. She
entertained us all by performing partial stripteases, flitting on and off the
balcony from behind the curtains with more or less clothes on as fancy took
her. You can imagine the catcalls across that
I was given two tickets for my family to watch the parade, and my mother and sister enjoyed a good position in The Mall from which to view the event.
The weather on the day was lousy. I’m sure many people remember
the pictures of Queen Salote of
I believe the route was five miles in length and I was very
pleased to be marching instead of standing still all day long. Finally we
marched back from
I don’t particularly remember when or how we returned to
CORONATION DAY MEMORIES.
The Mémoire Of A Spectator.
Contributed by Margaret nee PERROTT.
1953 proved to be quite an exciting year for me; my wedding day
was on September 2nd. Following all the arrangements I discovered
I was going to be able to be a spectator standing in The Mall in
My brother David had joined the Regular Army when leaving school
and was picked to march in the procession. He was allocated two tickets, so
Mum and I left rural
We were up early next morning to make our way to our places on The Mall. The streets were already packed with people. Weather-wise it was not a particularly good day, drizzly if I remember correctly. It was all very exciting for both Mum and me as we had never before attended an event such as this, and I don’t suppose I ever will again.
My Dad spent the day with my future husband and his family and
thoroughly enjoyed himself. My future in-laws had thirteen children and there
was an enormous piece of roast beef for lunch. My husband lived in the
The Offices of Senior & Godwin
“GOD SAVE THE QUEEN”.
Spectator Tickets and Information.
(The following document was issued with the tickets)
The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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First Published: 24th April 2002.
Latest Update: 1st July 2013.