Queen marks 60 years since coronation
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is greeted as she arrives for a visit to the King's Troop at Woolwich Barracks in southeast London May 31, 2013. British soldier Lee Rigby was killed on a busy London street near the barracks last week. London - Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her coronation on Sunday, starting a series of events including a return to Westminster Abbey where she was crowned as a 27-year-old.
The coronation anniversary is being staged with far less fanfare than the diamond jubilee celebrations last year. Royal thoughts are now turning to the birth expected in July of Prince William and Catherine's baby, whom - following a change in the rules of succession - will be third in line to the throne regardless of gender.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, William and Catherine's child will eventually be crowned in Westminster Abbey. The coronation celebrations include exhibitions of memorabilia, gun salutes and a series of garden parties.
Royal biographer William Shawcross said that by living out her coronation oaths of duty and service, the queen had been a focal point during the momentous social upheaval of her reign. Only the queen has remained our constant,” he wrote in the The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
That Britain's system of government has perhaps worked never better than under Queen Elizabeth “is at least in part because she is utterly true to everything she experienced at her coronation”, he wrote. The young sovereign made her solemn oaths at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.
It was the first time a coronation had been televised and more than 20 million in Britain watched events live while another 11 million listened to radio coverage of the ceremony.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Sunday Tribune