Queen Elizabeth II Marks 60th Coronation Anniversary

Today marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation and this was celebrated in a service at London’s Westminster Abbey this morning. 

In 1952, the then Princess Elizabeth, whilst on holiday in Kenya, received the news of her father George VI’s death and subsequently flew home a Queen.  16 months later she was crowned at the age of 27, with the service broadcast live to the nation.  Only Queen Victoria, who was Queen from 1837 to 1901, has reigned longer than Elizabeth II

The Dean told the congregation, “we gather to give thanks to almighty God for the faithful ministry and dutiful service the queen continues to offer God and the people of this nation, the overseas territories and the realms, and as head of the Commonwealth.”

Further events are being organized to celebrate the queen’s 60 years, including a four-day Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace (July 11 to July 14) and an exhibition of coronation outfits.  'Long Live The Queen!'

Above: I love the Emma Bridgewater special commemorative mug celebrating the coronation, now available for ½ price here (RRP. £19.95 £9.95)