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Facts From 1953 - Coronation of Elizabeth II

Following the death of her father , King George VI , from coronary thrombosis at the age of 56 on 6th February 1952 , Princess Elizabeth , the eldest daughter , became Queen Elizabeth II. At the time of death , Elizabeth was in Kenya on a tour of the Commonwealth.

The official coronation was held a year later on 2nd June 1953 to allow an appropriate length of time to pass following the passing of a Monarch and to give time to allow for preparation of the ceremony.

The Coronation was held in Westminster Abbey as was tradition. It was the first ever such event that was televised and an estimated 300 million viewers witnessed Her Majesty crowned Queen of the United Kingdom , Canada , Australia , New Zealand , South Africa , Pakistan and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) by Geoffrey Fisher the Archbishop of Canterbury.





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