coronation 1953


This program commemorated the coronation of Elizabeth Windsor, as Queen Elizabeth II of England, on June 2, 1953. At the same ceremony, she assumed the title of ‘Sovereign’ of most Commonwealth nations. To this day, the Queen holds sixteen regnal titles and dozens of honorifics.

The program features photos of the Royal Family, poems, songs, an overview of coronation procedures, and a history of monarchal and imperial coronations in Britain. It comes to us as part of the Barbara Denison collection. Ms. Denison was present at the coronation and was a lifelong collector of Royal Family memorabilia. 


Coronations of English Queens vs. Their Onscreen Depictions:

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her coronations robes (c. 1600-1610, copy of a lost original c. 1559) vs. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998).

Coronation portrait of Queen Victoria by George Hayter (1838) vs. Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria (2009).

Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation (1953) vs. Claire Foy in The Crown (2016).


The most regal looks on royal women → As requested by anonymous

HMS Vanguard photographed at anchor in the Solent for Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Royal Fleet Review of 1953. Four King George V-class battleships were at the time in a state of preservation, placed in reserve in June 1950, but only Vanguard remained at sea. She was a remnant of Nelson’s day, the last descendant of Dreadnought, the last big-gun brawler; undoubtedly she was the most powerful British battleship ever built.