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Queen Elizabeth II turns 90

In General, Royal by John2 Comments

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty, from John What many Australians today would not understand is that when I was young, I was not only an Australian but also a British subject, and entitled to a British passport.  We used to sing God Save The King (George VI) at school assembly every morning. I can do no better as an Australian in …

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My Coronation posts

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Last year when the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated, I noticed that some people thought it was the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, so I decided then that, all well, I’d make a post this year about the Coronation on its 60th anniversary. I didn’t begin work on it until 1st June 2013, the eve of the anniversary, and I …

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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – 2nd June 1953 – The Diamond Jubilee

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Today, Tuesday, 4th June 2013, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the anniversary of the Coronation 60 years ago.  The service was held not on the actual anniversary date because it fell on Sunday this year.   Twenty Members of the Royal Family attended the service today, including prince Charles who was …

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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – 2nd June 1953 – Looking back

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Many years later the following documentary was recorded about the Coronation with commentary, interviews and footage that provide background to the ceremony, the planning, and people involved in various aspects of it.   I find it very interesting and at times quite entertaining. Last year, Prince Charles made the following documentary in tribute to his mother’s Diamond Jubilee. Originally, in …

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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – 2nd June 1953 – The Day

In Experiences, General, Music, Royal, video by John2 Comments

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place 60 years ago today.  I had looked forward to it for about a year after reading about the history and traditions, in The Illustrated London News special issues and weekly editions, in Mum’s copies of The Australian Women’s Weekly (and it was weekly in those days) and in newspapers and in newsreels at …