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Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after her coronation

It’s been 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned (Image: Getty Images)

The coronation of King Charles III. was a big celebration for the UK in May 2023.

His Majesty was crowned monarch with his consort Queen Camilla wearing St. Edward’s Crown.

The Westminster Abbey ceremony was followed by a balcony appearance by the Royal Family, followed by lunch parties together, a concert at Windsor Castle and a day of volunteering called ‘Big Help Out’.

All in all it was certainly a historic occasion, particularly as it was the first coronation in the UK in 70 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

But when did the late Queen’s coronation take place – and how far back in history was the first coronation?

Here you will find everything you need to know.

When did Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation take place?

Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation

Queen Elizabeth was the 39th monarch to be crowned and the sixth queen to receive the honor (Image: Getty Images)

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on Tuesday June 2, 1953.

The ceremony began at 11.15am and lasted nearly three hours, according to the royal family’s website.

Queen Elizabeth II was 27 years old at the time of her coronation.

However, she had to wait a little longer than King Charles to be crowned as she officially became monarch on February 6, 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.

She was 25 when she became queen, a year and four months before her coronation.

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The ceremony took place in Westminster Abbey, where coronations have been held for over 950 years.

Her Majesty was the 39th monarch to be crowned at the Abbey.

When did the first coronation in British history take place?

The first documented coronation at Westminster Abbey was that of William the Conqueror in 1066.

Some accounts suggest that Harold II, who reigned before William I before he died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, was crowned at the Abbey when he came to the throne in January of the same year.

However, there is no surviving contemporary evidence to confirm this.

Coronation of Wilhelm I

William the Conqueror was the first known monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey (Image: Getty Images)

It is also likely that other monarchs who reigned before William I had coronations. However, these too were not documented in history and almost certainly would have taken place elsewhere.

Westminster Abbey’s website states that the coronation service was composed by St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, for the coronation of Edgar, the first king of all England.

This happened in AD 973 at Bath Abbey.

Since Wilhelm I, only two monarchs have not been crowned.

The first was Edward V, who was proclaimed King of England in 1483 at the age of 12, only to be assassinated under mysterious circumstances just two months later before he could be crowned.

Duke and Duchess of Windsor with dogs

Edward VIII – the Duke of Windsor – was the second king not to be crowned due to his abdication (Image: Bettmann via Getty Images)

The second was Edward VIII. who abdicated 11 months after becoming king in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson – a decision condemned by the Church and the government.

In a radio address on December 11, Edward stated: “I have found that it is impossible to bear the heavy burden of responsibility and to carry out the duties of the King as I should like to do without the help and support of Mrs. I .” Love.’

His relationship with Ms Simpson had previously been kept secret from British newspapers, but when it became clear they intended to marry, the Church of England and government were quick to disapprove.

The couple then became known as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

His coronation was to take place on May 12, 1937.

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