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The Queen's coronation: Send us your memories
An image of the Coronation captured from BBC TV's coverage
It is 50 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

The Queen succeeded to the throne a year earlier in February 1952, after the death of her father King George VI.

Elizabeth was in Kenya at the time and became the first Sovereign in over 200 years to accede to the throne while abroad.

Do you have fond recollections of Coronation Day in June 1953? Send us your memories and tributes.

Thank you for your e-mails. This debate is now closed. A selection of your comments is published below.

Everyone stood and toasted the Queen with sherry
Brenda, UK
I wasn't born, but my Mum has often told us the story of the day. They had a newly acquired little black and white Bush TV. She made a stack of sandwiches, scones and cakes so they could spend time watching the whole ceremony. My brother, who was born on the Queen's birthday - 21 April, was just over a year old and was planted in his high chair for the event. When the crowning moment arrived, everyone stood and toasted the Queen with sherry.
Brenda, UK

We were into our second week of square bashing at RAF Hednesford and watched the coronation on TV in a shop window in Wolverhampton knowing that if we had joined the RAF one week earlier, we would have been lining the route.
Tom Scott, UK

I had just turned 4 Our neighbour, a Navy engineer, had made his own TV, for the occasion, from radar spare parts, so everything was black and green!
Ian, UK

I was 5 and had just started school prior to the coronation. I remember the street parties that took place in Newcastle and I believe it was my introduction to television. I remember the mug of 'sweetie' we got at school for the occasion. I have that mug to this day.
Tony Smyth, Canada (born in UK)

Memories that will stay with me forever!
Val, UK
I was 8 years' old and I watched the parade from outside the Palace of Westminster (my father was acting as a steward on the day). It was a dismal day but no one minded and the atmosphere was great. I can well remember the Queen in her golden coach and the Queen of Tonga in an open carriage, not minding about the weather. I can remember that a policeman let me sit on his cloak because the ground was so wet. I loved all the pomp and colour; memories that will stay with me forever!
Val, UK

I was 11 years old. I remember the day vividly as the whole school was treated to coronation ice-cream, chocolates and a miniature Union Jack.
Chandran Sukumaran, Malaysia

The Coronation was 2 days before my 4th birthday and I was quite convinced that all the celebrations were for my benefit. The world was divided into those who had TV and those who did not. We did, and I remember a lot of people in our house watching it on the tiny 9" black and white screen.
Theodora Simons, Wales/France

I was most thrilled to receive a note in return from the Queen's Lady-in-Waiting!
Martha Deitch, Colorado, USA
In 1953 I was a very prim teenager of fourteen years, living in Los Angeles, California, in the US. My mother and I composed a very prim and proper note of congratulations to Her Majesty and I laboriously copied it out. I was most thrilled to receive a note in return from the Queen's Lady-in-Waiting!
Martha Deitch, Colorado, USA

My mom was one of the Air Force personnel from Canada chosen to go over for the Queen's coronation. I have a trunk full of pictures, newspaper clippings and her diary of the event. She was always proud that she was a part of the Coronation.
Lori Lerner, Canada

At eight years of age, I revelled in the pomp and ceremony of the coronation. My mind's eye can recall the traditional London street party with its colour and atmosphere when, together with all the other working class children who lived in Liverpool Buildings, Highbury Station Road, I was treated to tea and cakes seated at long trestle tables under lines of bunting and Union Flags. My tangible souvenir was a bone china tea cup that was presented to all pupils at Laycock Junior School. They are still vivid memories and one cherished by this ex-pat.
Barry J. Page, Canada

It seemed a much simpler world then
Susan, UK/USA
As a 7 year old who had just moved into a new flat with my family, AND got our first television, I had such mixed feelings. I was excited about being able to see all the events on the television, but really disappointed that I wouldn't get to go to the street party at our old home. The thing that I most wanted to see on the TV and which stayed with me long after was seeing Queen Salote, of Tonga, riding in the rain, with the carriage top down, determined not to disappoint the crowds waiting to see the procession go past. It seemed a much simpler world then.....
Susan, UK/USA

I was 12 and the 4 of us in the family went up to my uncle and auntie's house in London, They had TV! I was so nervous for the Queen that I spent a lot of time visiting the bathroom. I also fondly remember Queen Salote of Tonga. Margaret
Margaret Rye, Canada (formerly Wales)

While not having seen the coronation live, I remember the photographs - a beautiful young woman and the wonderful pageantry that, I learned over the years, no one does better than the British. I was 8 years old and those photographs began a love affair with England and her people that has never waned. The Queen's dedication and love of her country is an example to us all.
Jeanne Wilson, USA

Adults and children partied together
Peter, a Brit in Canada
I was a snot nosed grubby little boy aged seven on coronation day. I well remember the street I lived on decked out in bunting and flags and the kerbstones painted red, white and blue. Adults and children partied together. Neighbours watched out for each others' kids, and the whole thing brought us living on that Birmingham street much closer together. Elizabeth II will go down in history as the last real queen, and will be long remembered as the sovereign who bound her people together by love. I admired her then, and I admire her now, but God help us with the next lot!
Peter, a Brit in Canada

Difficult. I was only a month and a half old so I don't remember too much about it. I got a mug though.
Richard, UK

I was attending a parade in Winnipeg when news passed through the crowd that Edmund Hillary and a Sherpa had conquered Mount Everest. I was a teen and I had to ask where Mount Everest was and what a Sherpa was.
Don Madge, Canada


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