The Queen was joined by her family today as they attended a special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation.
The service followed on from last year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations that took place across the world.
As the Royal Family arrived, thousands of well-wishers waited outside to catch a glimpse of the family.
The Duke of York was among the first to arrive at Westminster Abbey as he arrived with his Princess daughters Beatrice and Eugenie. They were followed by Princess Anne, Zara Phillips and Prince Edward who was join by his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise.
They were quickly followed by Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry. The last to arrive before the Queen was Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who arrived shortly before The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Along with her children, the 86-year-old monarch was joined by more than 20 members of the royal family.
The service included several elements that were at the Queen’s Coronation 60 years ago. The Crown Jewels, including the St.Edwards Crown were taken from the Tower Of London so they could be part of the service, this was the first time they had been moved since her majesty was crowned on June 2nd 1953.
Like today’s service, the Coronation in 1953 was broadcast live on television, the first one to be after approval from the Queen. On the same day, tapes of the event were flown across the Atlantic so Canadians could see the event take place soon after. It was estimated that 27 million people in Britain tuned in with 11 million listening on the radio. At this time, the population of the country was said to be just over 36 million.
The service which took place at Westminster Abbey was the main event of this year’s Coronation celebrations and was a much lower-key affair than last year’s Diamond Jubilee which the country celebrated. The Diamond Jubilee weekend included the River Thames Pageant which saw over a 1000 boats take to the river in one of the greatest spectacles to take place on the river, the event was watched by over a million people who watched from the river banks.
Along with the River Pageant, a concert took place outside Buckingham Palace which saw Kylie Minogue and Paul McCartney serenade the Queen. The concert was watched by 20
million people in Britain.
The Queen was joined today by 2,000 guests from the country with leading political figures from the Commonwealth attending. Prime Minister David Cameron attended the event and made a reading at the service.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster. He told the congregation: “Sixty years ago, in this holy place, Queen Elizabeth II was anointed with holy oil, clothed with sacred garments, and, after receiving symbols of authority, crowned with the Crown of St Edward, King and Confessor, just as Her Majesty’s royal predecessors from 1066.
“Here today we gather to give thanks to almighty God for the faithful ministry and dutiful service the Queen continues to offer God and the people of this nation, the overseas territories and the realms, and as head of the Commonwealth.”
The National Anthem was also sung as the 2,000 guests showed their respect the Queen. After this, David Cameron gave a reading from the Bible, from the first book of Kings chapter 1 verses 32 to 40.
After the service, the Royal Family left the Abbey and headed to a lunch thrown by the Dean of Westminster. It is believed Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were excused from the lunch as Kate is heavily pregnant.