Queen Elizabeth II: A look back at Her Majesty’s coronation which took place 70 years ago today

Today marks 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation - less than a month after her son, King Charles III’s coronation

Today (June 2) marks 70 years since her majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation took place. The anniversary comes less than a month since her son, King Charles III’s coronation took place on May 6 2023.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation came around four months after her father, King George VI, died following a prolonged illness, with then-Princess Elizabeth immediately acceding to the throne.

She learned of her father’s death whilst on an official visit to Kenya, the first country of the Commonwealth tour that her father didn’t go on due to ill health. The tour was subsequently abandoned, and she returned home a queen, and was greeted by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Queen Elizabeth II went on to serve her country as monarch for over 70 years, with her Platinum Jubilee celebrated all over the UK in 2022. Sadly, that same year, she died at Balmoral aged 96.

At the time, her son, King Charles, said: "We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world."

Her funeral took place 11 days after her death on September 19. It began at 11am and took place at Westminster Abbey. The public had a chance to visit the coffin during Lying-in-State, with people queuing for hours.