60th Anniversary of Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II

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The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II took place on June 2nd 1953 at Westminster Abbey sixty years ago and she  was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom and head of the Commonwealth, so To mark the occasion on Tuesday 4th June the Queen and other royals such as the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, will attend a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey.The Duke of Edinburgh is also expected to attend, despite his beingtoo ill to fulfil an official engagement OnMonday night. Around 2,000 guests have been invited, including some from the church and representatives from the Commonwealt and among the 2,000 guests invited to the service will be high commissioners of Commonwealth countries, people from every British county who have been nominated by their local Lord Lieutenant, armed forces personnel and people who took part in the coronation itself.One major difference between 1953 and today’s service will be the presence of representatives from every major faith, including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism, in a procession before the Queen’s arrival.

The 350-year-old St. Edward’s crown which was used for the Queen’s coronation wil alsol leave the Tower of London for the first time since 1953 so it can play a part in today’s 60th anniversary service at Westminster Abbey.The priceless St Edward’s Crown will travel amid the tightest possible security to be placed on the High Altar of the Abbey together with the Ampulla, a gold, eagle-shaped bottle from which holy oil was poured to anoint the Queen.The Dean of Westminster, The Very Rev Dr John Hall, said the crown would provide “a powerful symbol of the moment of coronation”.The solid gold crown was made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661 by the crown jeweller, Robert Viner, and has been used to crown every monarch since then.It was a replacement for the previous coronation crown, dating back to the 11th century royal saint, Edward the Confessor, which was melted down on the orders of Oliver Cromwell in 1649.Weighing 2.23kg (nearly 5lb), the St Edward’s Crown is the heaviest crown in the collection of Crown Jewels.It is set with tourmalines, white and yellow topazes, rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnet, peridot, zircons, spinel, and aquamarines, step-cut and rose-cut and mounted in enamelled gold collets, and with a velvet cap with an ermine band.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, John Hall. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the address, and there will be readings by David Cameron and the Commonwealth’s secretary general, Kamalesh Sharma. Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, has written a poem for the occasion, entitled The Throne; this will be read by actress Claire Skinner, the mum from BBC sitcom Outnumbered.Some participants from the coronation in 1953 are also expected to be there.After the service, the Queen and Prince Philip will travel by car to College Hall, Dean’s Yard, for a lunch hosted by Hall. Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, and Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Laurence will all join them for the lunch, along with 100 guests.

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