Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Ticket for Ambassador Sir Henry & Lady Chiltern

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Fine original invitation given to Sir Henry Getty Chilton (1877-1954), and his wife, to attend the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster abbey, 2nd June 1953.

Chiltern was a British diplomat who was Minister to the Vatican and Ambassador to Chile, to Argentina, and to Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

He was educated at Wellington College and joined the Diplomatic Service as an attaché in 1902. He served at Vienna, Copenhagen, The Hague, Brussels, Berlin and Washington, D.C., before being appointed Counseller of Embassy at Rio de Janeiro in 1920 and then at Washington in 1921. In 1924 he was promoted to be Minister to the United States under the Ambassador, Sir Esmé Howard. Still with the rank of Minister, he was the UK envoy to the Vatican 1928–30. He was then promoted to Ambassador and posted to Chile 1930–33, to Argentina 1933–35 and to Spain 1935–39.

Soon after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 several embassies in Madrid, including the British, evacuated to Hendaye, in France on the border with Spain. "Chilton was a blatant admirer of the nationalists and preferred to stay in Hendaye rather than return to Madrid" while it was still under Republican control. He left Hendaye on long leave prior to retirement in December 1937: The Times said "His has been an exacting, delicate and in many respects a thankless task, carried out with unfailing courtesy and devotion to duty." Geoffrey Thompson, secretary to the embassy, was chargé d'affaires until Owen O'Malley, who held Minister rank, took over the embassy at Hendaye. Chilton returned to Hendaye in May 1939 on his way to Madrid to collect his belongings. He was succeeded as Ambassador by Sir Maurice Peterson in the autumn of 1939.

During the Second World War Chilton worked in the Ministry of Economic Warfare and then in the Ministry of Information. He accompanied Lord Willingdon on a trade mission to South America 1940–41.

In 1906, while he was serving in Copenhagen, Henry Chilton married Katherine, daughter of Thomas J. O'Brien, then U.S. ambassador to Denmark. They had two daughters. Katherine died in 1959.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon took place on 2nd June 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The coronation took place more than a year later because of the tradition that holding such a festival is inappropriate during the period of mourning that follows the death of a monarch and also on account of the need to make preparations for the ceremony. During the service, she took and subscribed an oath to, among other things, govern the peoples according to their respective laws and customs, was anointed with holy oil, presented and invested with regalia, and crowned.

Celebrations took place across the Commonwealth realms and a commemorative medal was issued. It was the first British coronation to be televised.

Size: 22.5 x 27 cm approx

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