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  • Machinists make flags at T.C. Hayward and Co.'s premises in London, in preparation for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, Aug. 26, 1952. Towns across the U.K. were decorated in red, white and blue bunting in celebration.
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  • Residents of Pine Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K., make preparations for coronation celebrations with both children and adults getting involved, May 30, 1953.
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  • Crowds line the route of the coronation procession in London, June 2, 1953. Many camped out on the streets overnight despite the rain.
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  • A girl blows a paper horn at a party in Morpeth Street in London's East End during Queen Elizabeth II's coronation celebrations, June 2, 1953.
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  • Crowds lining Trafalgar Square watch as Queen Elizabeth II's coronation procession passes, June 2, 1953.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II wears a gown designed by Norman Hartnell for her coronation ceremony. The white satin dress was embroidered in gold and silver thread with emblems of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II rides with the Duke of Edinburgh in the Golden State Coach, pulled by eight gray gelding horses, through Trafalgar Square on the way from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey for her coronation.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II arrives in the Golden State Coach for her coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1953.
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  • Prince Philip, the royal consort, attends the coronation ceremony of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Abbey. He was not anointed or crowned during the ceremony, but knelt before her, pledging to be her faithful servant for life.
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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, presents the queen with the Sceptre with the Cross during her coronation at Westminster Abbey. During the anointing ceremony, she is presented with regalia, including the Orb, representing her role as the Defender of the Faith, the Scepter with the Cross, representing Christianity over the British Empire, the Rod of Equity and Mercy, symbolizing the Holy Ghost, and the Coronation Ring, the "wedding ring of England."
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  • New Yorkers watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth on a store display television. Cameras were installed in Westminster Abbey for the first time and the ceremony was the first to be televised. More than 27 million people watched it live in the U.K. alone, according to the BBC.
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  • Prince Charles looks bored as he watches the coronation of this mother, along with his aunt, Princess Margaret, right, and his grandmother, Elizabeth the Queen Mother, at Westminster Abbey. Charles was the first child to witness his mother's coronation at just 4 years old.
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  • Sitting in St. Edward's chair, which dates back to the 1300s, she is crowned Queen Elizabeth II with St. Edward's solid gold crown, weighing nearly 5 pounds.
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh pays homage to his wife, the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II, during her coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London, June 2, 1953.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the bejeweled Imperial Crown and with six maids of honor carrying her train, leaves Westminster Abbey at the end of the three-hour coronation ceremony attended by 8,000 guests.
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  • Viewing stands line the procession route on the Mall looking down from Trafalgar Square during the return from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
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  • Customers in a pub watch the coronation procession of Queen Elizabeth II.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace, carrying the Sovereign's Orb, decorated with clusters of emeralds, rubies and sapphires surrounded by rose-cut diamonds and rows of pearls.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II, along with the Duke of Edinburgh and their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, look out from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following the queen's coronation, June 2, 1953.
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  • The queen's family poses for a group photo following the ceremony. From left, Prince Michael, the Duke of Kent, the Duchess of Kent, Crown Princess Marthe of Norway, Crown Prince Olaf of Norway, Princess Margaret, the queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the Earl of Athlone, the Duke of Gloucester, the Princess Royal, the Earl of Harewood, Prince Richard, the Duchess of Gloucester, Prince William and Princess Alice Countess of Athlone.
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  • Fireworks light up the sky over the River Thames in London, in celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, June 2, 1953.
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