TODAY IN HISTORY…
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II is crowned queen of ” the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth.” She assumed the thrown and began her rule on February 6 the previous year upon the death of her father, King George VI, but a formal coronation ceremony was not held for almost a year out of a tradition of allowing adequate time to pass for mourning the previous monarch.
As of this year, she has been on the throne longer than any British monarch, ruling for 68 years, passing the 63 years of her great-great grandmother, Victoria, in 2015.
Check out this video that is newsreel footage of the event, the first major international event to be televised: