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In the Queen’s coronation 69 years ago, with the robe she still wears today as she celebrates the platinum jubilee

It has been 69 years since the Queen was crowned – and the lavish occasion was one of pageantry and grandeur.

To celebrate the milestone, the royal family and millions of Britons are celebrating over a four-day bank holiday weekend.

It is the 69th anniversary of the Queen's coronation which took place in 1953

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It is the 69th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation which took place in 1953

Elizabeth was only 25 when she became Queen of England, but she was 27 at the time of her coronation.

Tomorrow the coronation will be broadcast as part of the festivities celebrating Her Majesty’s 70th reign.

The ceremony took place more than a year after the king’s death as it was deemed inappropriate to host the celebration during his mourning period.

She is now 96 and still fulfills royal duties, despite Prince Charles being elected to succeed her as Head of the Commonwealth on April 20, 2018.

On September 9, 2015, she became the longest-reigning British monarch, overtaking her great-great-grandmother Victoria.

Now the Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee and the Royal Family celebrated Her Majesty’s reign with a step-by-step guide to the 67th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

The royal family posted a step-by-step guide to Instagram ahead of the celebrations today

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The royal family posted a step-by-step guide to Instagram ahead of the celebrations today
Elizabeth was only 25 when she became Queen of England, but she was 27 at the time of her coronation

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Elizabeth was only 25 when she became Queen of England, but she was 27 at the time of her coronation
The ceremony took place more than a year after the king's death as it was deemed inappropriate to host the celebration during his mourning period

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The ceremony took place more than a year after the king’s death as it was deemed inappropriate to host the celebration during his mourning period
The stunning dress was custom made for the day

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The stunning dress was custom made for the day
On her big day, the Queen had six maids of honor at her side

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On her big day, the Queen had six maids of honor at her sidePhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

And on February 6, 2017, she became the first British monarch to celebrate her 65th jubilee with a Sapphire Jubilee.

The Queen is also the oldest currently serving head of state in the world, turning 96 on April 21, 2022.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on June 2, 1953 – this year marks the 69th anniversary.

Elizabeth took over the lead role after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952.

Norman submitted nine different designs for dresses and The Queen accepted the eighth

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Norman submitted nine different designs for dresses and The Queen accepted the eighth
She, too, put on this opulent robe for the celebrations

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She, too, put on this opulent robe for the celebrations
Many royal fans will remember seeing the robe today - as she still wears it in Parliament

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Many royal fans will remember seeing the robe today – as she still wears it in Parliament
The coronation was a big moment in history as it was televised for the first time

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The coronation was a big moment in history as it was televised for the first time

During the ceremony, the Queen took an oath to serve the people of the Commonwealth according to their respective laws and customs, and she was anointed with holy oil.

The Queen’s coronation took place in Westminster Abbey in Parliament Square.

It is one of the most famous churches in the world with a history of over a thousand years.

Large crowds flocked to see the big event and lined the streets

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Large crowds flocked to see the big event and lined the streets
The Queen's coronation took place in Westminster Abbey in Parliament Square

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The Queen’s coronation took place in Westminster Abbey in Parliament Square

The ceremony was the first ever coronation to be televised, with cameras documenting the momentous occasion.

The church opened its doors to approximately 8,000 guests from across the Commonwealth.

The normal maximum capacity is only 2,000 people, but special tiers and galleries have been installed for the event, making it possible to accommodate the large number of invited guests.

The church opened its doors to approximately 8,000 guests from across the Commonwealth

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The church opened its doors to approximately 8,000 guests from across the Commonwealth
Prince Charles joined his mother on the balcony after the event

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Prince Charles joined his mother on the balcony after the event
Charles had a special invitation to the coronation

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Charles had a special invitation to the coronation
The royal family also included instructions on how to make your own crown at home

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The royal family also included instructions on how to make your own crown at home

The procession faltered when the steward in charge of Her Majesty’s costume changes was unable to fasten her cloak with hook and eye.

Lady Anne Glenconner, who was maid of honor at the coronation, related the story in her book Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown.

She explained that the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Lord Great Chamberlain, was responsible for helping the monarch with her costume changes, which proved difficult.

Lady Glenconner said: ‘The Marquess of Cholmondeley was the handsomest of men and he seemed to take great pride in his looks – he always sat bolt upright with his head cocked to one side.

“The problem was, he was just terrible at fixing hooks and eyes and probably never had to dress himself, let alone anyone else.

“When the Duke of Norfolk repeatedly showed him what to do, the attempts only led to more fumbling, and the Duke grew more and more annoyed.

“In the end, the Duke of Norfolk ordered the hooks and eyes to be exchanged for poppers.”

Additionally, the Queen previously admitted she “couldn’t look down” while wearing her coronation crown or her neck would have been “broken”.

The Queen's robe had a large emblem of a crown in the design

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The Queen’s robe had a large emblem of a crown in the designPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

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Jessica MacLeish

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