coronation 1953


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 Buckingham Palace balcony, Coronation Day 1953.

Among those on the balcony, left to right: Alice, Duchess of Gloucester; Mary, Princess Royal; the coronation maids of honour; Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Philip; Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret; Princess Marina, Princess Alexandra, Edward, Duke of Kent. 

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.