QEII Sapphire Coronation
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 | Gareth
On 2nd June 1953, 27 million people in the United Kingdom and millions more audiences around the world watched the first ever televised Coronation of a Monarch when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. Having watched her father’s Coronation in 1937, the 11 year old Princess Elizabeth then had no clue that her own official Coronation would take place only 16 years later. Attended by 8,251 guests, 129 nations and territories were officially represented at the service. There were more than 2,000 journalists and 500 photographers from 92 nations joining the members of the public lining the Coronation route. Among the many foreign journalists was Jacqueline Bouvier representing the Washington Times-Herald who would later become the First Lady of the United States of America, Jackie Kennedy.