Royals celebrate 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation

Royals celebrate 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation

Royals celebrate 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation

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by CBS News

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 4 at 12:49 PM

(CBS News) -- The queen arrived at Westminster Abbey in London on Tuesday with her husband Prince Philip at her side for more of a solemn ceremony than celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation. Inside the abbey, several generations of the extended royal family waited: the queen’s son, Prince Charles, now in his 60s, and next in line to the throne, and her grandson, Prince William, second in line, with his very pregnant wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth to yet another royal heir next month.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron - the 12th to serve under Queen Elizabeth—gave the reading to some 2,000 guests gathered at the abbey.

There were many echoes of the original coronation service 60 years ago, including the solid gold St. Edward’s crown sitting on the altar. It hasn’t been out of the Tower of London since 1953 when the Archbishop of Canterbury placed it gently—it weighs five pounds—on 27-year-old Elizabeth’s head.

 

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