England

The coronation of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria’s coronation took place on Thursday, 28 June 1838 in Westminster Abbey; she had become monarch at the age of 18 on 20 June 1837 upon the death of her uncle King William IV. Following tradition, the coronation ceremony was in London’s Westminster Abbey and took place after Queen Victoria left Buckingham Palace in the [read more]

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]

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The Royal Women

The Birth of the future Queen Victoria

At Kensington Palace in the early hours (4.15 am) of 24 May 1819, Alexandrina Victoria was born to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (the Duchess of Kent), as Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent. Her grandfather was King George III who reigned from 1760 to 1820. [read more]