The Royal Family on board HMS Vanguard in February 1947, heading to South Africa for a royal tour. This was the first time that the two princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, had travelled outside of Britain.
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.
Princess Elizabeth of York (Queen Elizabeth II) makes her first appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her parents, The Duke and Duchess of York, and the Duke’s parents King George V and Queen Mary on 27 June 1927.
The Duke and Duchess had been separated from their daughter for six months whilst they embarked on a royal tour focused on Australia and New Zealand.
“I am looking forward more than I can say to the baby & a good rest. I have missed her all day & every day, but am so grateful to you & Mama for having been so kind to her. It will be wonderful to see her again.” - The Duchess of York in a letter to her father-in-law, George V, dated 12 June 1927.
I am aware that I am surrounded by people who feel that they could do the job better. Strong people with powerful characters, more natural leaders, perhaps better-suited to leading from the front, making a mark. But, for better or worse, the Crown has landed on my head.