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Queen Elizabeth II Royal Coronation Invitation 1953

£395.00

Fine original antique invitation to attend the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - ), at Westminster Abbey 2nd of June 1953. The invitation was given to Reginald Thomas Dorrien Wilmot (1915-2007), an officer in Royal Regiment of Artillery. After World War II he became Chief executive of the British Insurance Association, later the Association of British Insurers from 1946 to 1971, who set up the World Fire Statistics Centre. It is accompanied by its original envelope with the Earl Marshal's Office stamp and embossed back flap.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon took place on 2 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. 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 realm and a commemorative medal was issued. It was the first British coronation to be televised.

Envelope Size: 28 x 23.5 cm approx

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