Her Majesty’s Coronation took place on June 2 , 1953, nearly 18 months after she succeeded her father, King George VI. In honour of this momentous occasion, Country Life published a full, illustrated account of the Coronation on June 6, 1953.


The cover of Country Life June 6, 1953

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To accompany this commemorative issue, Country Life also published a special souvenir supplement at the price of ten shillings. It contained not only a detailed description of the procession to Westminster Abbey, and the ceremony to be enacted there, fully illustrated, but also scores of articles explaining its origin and significance, the interests and surroundings of the Royal Family, character sketches of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and the history of previous coronations.

Until now, these articles from 1953 have been under lock and key in the Country Life Archive. For the first time, we are publishing a selection of these online, to provide an original account of this historic occasion. We are also offering Country Life readers the opportunity to download an edited edition of the Country Life Coronation Number for free.

ARCHIVE ARTICLES

THE CROWNING DAY BY IVOR BROWN

IN THE ABBEY BY JOHN BETJEMAN

THE CORONATION CHURCH BY LAWRENCE E. TANNER

A PORTRAIT OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II

A PORTRAIT OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

THE STORY OF THE REGALIA BY LAWRENCE E. TANNER

ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES BY LIONEL EDWARDS

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THE COUNTRY LIFE CORONATION NUMBER

  • Rosemary Hill

    What a brilliant idea -amazing to be able to download at my desk. It’s wonderful to have such easy remote access to these fascinating archives -and better for the archives too not to get too much thumbing!

  • Real Rousseau

    Madam,Sir,
    First: SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH

    Would you please kindly send me:

    The cover of Country Life june 1953
    CORONATION of H.M.Queen Elizabeth II.

    Thank you.

    Réal Rousseau
    41 Joseph Moraldo
    Valcartier-Quebec G0A 4S0
    Canada