Becoming Queen: Elizabeth II’s coronation

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - a young, 25-year-old female monarch, a symbol of modernity and postwar progress - was a moment of colour, glamour and optimism watched by millions in a dreary postwar Britain. Hugh Costello talks to the makers of a BBC documentary that went behind the scenes of the 2 June 1953 coronation…

2nd June 1953: Mrs Birch and her eight-year-old son John, who have been sitting in the Mall outside London's Buckingham Palace since yesterday morning in order to be present for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Mrs Birch is wearing a patriotic top hat decorated with red, white and blue ribbons. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Getty Images)

This article was first published in 2016, in BBC History Magazine’s ‘Queen Elizabeth: 90 Glorious Year’ bookazine

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