On this day, Elizabeth II is crowned queen of England in a ceremony that dates back over a millennium.
Princess Elizabeth was 25 when she inherited the British throne upon the death of her father, King George IV. After mourning him for a year, a lavish coronation celebration was held for her at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.
A thousand dignitaries and guests attended the ceremony, and millions listened on radio and, for the first time, watched the proceedings on live television. A very popular queen, Elizabeth travelled more extensively than any other reigning British monarch and had four children with her husband, Philip Mountbatten–Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
Image:Elizabeth II waves from the palace balcony after the Coronation, 1953, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.