Elizabeth II

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

On 2 June 1953, a new Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey. For weeks, Elizabeth had studied every part of the three-hour service. She met the Archbishop of Canterbury several times who also gave her prayer to say. Every day, she practised her lines with sheets stitched to her shoulders to simulate the weight of [read more]

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Glamis Castle opens coronation robes exhibition

Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother, is hosting a spectacular display of royal robes, 80 years since the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother. Several dresses, robes and coronets worn during the coronation ceremony on 12 May 1937 have been loaned to Glamis Castle for [read more]

Anne of Cleves

Queen Mary I’s Coronation

On 30 September 1553 England’s first undisputed Queen regnant left the Tower of London to be crowned. She headed for the Palace of Westminster first in a procession through the city. Mary had given Elizabeth a prominent role in the proceedings. It would be an amazing event, to showcase the monarch’s magnificence and power, even [read more]