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Queen marks Coronation anniversary

The Queen is celebrating the 60th anniversary of her Coronation.

It is exactly 60 years since she made her way, as a young 27-year-old monarch, to Westminster Abbey to be crowned.

In 1953, more than 8,200 guests witnessed the historic proceedings and an estimated 27 million people in Britain watched the events unfold on television, but the monarch is spending the anniversary privately.

She is expected to be at her favourite royal residence Windsor Castle, where she is likely to attend church at a private chapel within the estate.

Last year's Diamond Jubilee was the focal point for national celebrations, with a river pageant down the Thames involving a flotilla of 1,000 boats, a concert in front of Buckingham Palace and a traditional service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

The 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation in 2013 is a more low-key affair, with commemorations centring on the Queen's return to her Coronation church with a service for 2,000 guests in the Abbey on Tuesday June 4.

Joined by a strong supporting cast of royals including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the monarch will listen to an address by the Archbishop of Canterbury and a reading by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Coronation took place 16 months after the Queen acceded to the throne, allowing a period of mourning for her father King George VI and time to get the detailed preparations in place. It was a day of pomp and pageantry as thousands took to the streets despite the rainy weather to see the Queen's procession.

On Monday June 3, the Queen's engagements will carry on as normal with a reception for the Royal National Institute for the Blind at St James's Palace. On Friday June 7, the monarch will open the new BBC Broadcasting House in London and be shown an original television camera used during the Coronation and meet those involved in broadcasting coverage of the event.

In the summer, a four-day Coronation Festival is being held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace from July 11 to July 14. Organised by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, the ticketed event, which has sold out, will showcase more than 200 of the brands which have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.


From Belfast Telegraph