2013 may not see as many celebratory events as 2012, but there is still much to pop out the champers for this year. Though she did ascend the throne on February 6th, 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place a year later on June 2nd, 1953.
Millions worldwide listened to the radio broadcast, and many were able to view the proceedings on live television. Prince Charles was allowed to attend the historical occasion, but Princess Anne – just two at the time – was a bit too young and therefore had to hang back at Buckingham Palace.
Still, the spare and then-heir got dolled up for the occasion in designs by Miss Hodgson of Sloane Street, according to the Daily Mail.
Buckingham Palace has announced events to commemorate the anniversary, with a service at Westminster Abbey on June 4th at 11am, to be attended by Her Majesty and members of the royal family. According to Sky News reporter Paul Harrison, the Queen will travel to the abbey in a car, rather than a state landau.
A coronation festival will take place in the Buckingham Palace gardens from July 11th-July 14th (tickets are now on sale). Companies that hold the Royal Warrant will be on hand to sell their goods to festival-goers.
According to the Royal Collection, this Summer’s Opening will feature “a spectacular array of dress, uniform and robes worn by the principal royal party. Works of art, paintings and objects used on the day will also be on display to recreate the atmosphere of that extraordinary occasion.”
A coronation concert will take place at the abbey on Thursday, June 13th.