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BBC's coronation tribute
The Queen's carriage
The anniversary of the coronation will be marked in style
The BBC plans a series of tributes to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

Comprehensive coverage of the service at Westminster Abbey on 2 June will be led by newsreader Huw Edwards.

As well as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, other senior royals are likely to attend, including the Prince of Wales and Prince William.

Mr Edwards said: "Millions of people across the United Kingdom and worldwide will be following the thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

"The Coronation was a day of glorious pageant, but a wet and grey morning nonetheless. Let's hope that 50 years on, the sun shines as the nation celebrates."

Other tributes to the Queen include a documentary on the preparations for the Coronation and original footage from the day.

Both the BBC and the Palace will be hoping to repeat a little of the success of the Golden Jubilee celebrations last year.

Despite predictions the Jubilee would fail to inspire the country, the celebrations saw parties, pageants, concerts and services of thanksgiving, with steadily growing popularity.

At the zenith of the Jubilee, a million people gathered on the Mall to wave flags and cheer as the Queen and other Royals made a triumphant balcony appearance.

The Party at the Palace concert was also a huge success with a raft of stars including Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton wowing an audience inside the Palace grounds and a large crowd outside.

The BBC's broadcast of the event enjoyed viewing figures of 15.1 million at its peak.




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