On this day, 2 June in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was officially crowned as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon.
This coronation ceremony occurred at Westminster Abbey around 16 months after her succession to the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. (It is traditional to delay such a ceremony, following the death of a monarch, to allow for a decent period of mourning and make appropriate ceremonial preparations.)
During this crowning service, Her Majesty swore an oath to govern the peoples according to their respective laws and customs, was presented her regalia and anointed with holy oil.
Celebrations took place right across the realms of the Commonwealth, including in Australia, and it was the first British coronation to be televised.
Queen Elizabeth’s record reign – now deep into its seventh decade – has been one of great stability, grace and prosperity – a testament to her, our monarchy and the Commonwealth.
Celebrate this special day in our constitutional monarchy by:
- holding a dinner party to salute the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
- thanking the Queen for her unerring example, grace, class and service over so many decades
- acknowledging the political stability and prosperity the Queen has helped provide the Commonwealth of nations, including Australia, over the post-WWII period
- having a cup of tea or sharing a pot with a family member or friend, saying cheers to Australia's head of state, and/or
- watching The Queen TV series on Netflix or your preferred network or streaming service carrying the series
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, monarchists and those that support our constitutional monarchy that has served our nation so well since Federation in 1901 (and the colonies before that).
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