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The Diamond Queen Revealed
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'The Queen on Coronation Day' by Cecil Beaton, 1953

On the 2nd June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey. The ceremony was performed by Dr Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury (who also happened to be Roald Dhal's former school beating headmaster). After taking an oath, Elizabeth was anointed, then presented with the symbols of sovereignty. This is a ritual that can be traced as far back as the crowning of King Edgar in 973 AD.

It was a day of spectacular grandeur with celebration all around, and now Buckingham Palace is bringing it all back to life in an anniversary exhibition. For the first time in sixty years, you will be able to admire the outfits, art, and ceremonial objects that contributed to that special day. Up until the 29th September, the palace have an array of royal garments on display. These include the outfits of young Prince Charles and Princess Anne, the dresses worn by the Maids of Honour, the Garter King of Arms, and most importantly, the Queen's Coronation robes.

You will also be able to see official portraits by Cecil Beaton, who used theatrical backdrops, as well as various interior and exterior settings.

Admission to Buckingham Palace is 19 for adults, 17.50 for students and seniors, and 10.85 for under 17s. Under fives go free.
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Why? Relive a historic moment
When: Until 29th Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7766 7300
Where: Buckingham Palace
Cost: 19 adult, 17.50 concessions, 10.85 child, free for under 5s
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