28 Jan 2013
Westminster Abbey is to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation in 2013 with a service of celebration and a series of special events. The Coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953, nearly eighteen months after Queen Elizabeth II succeeded her father, King George VI.
The Abbey’s plans to mark the anniversary include:
Tuesday 4th June, 11.00am
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and Members of the Royal Family will attend a Service to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation Service.
Friday 7th June, 6.30pm
A public lecture given at Westminster Abbey by the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, KCVO, Bishop of London. Admission free but booking required (opens in April 2013).
Thursday 13th June 2013, 7.00 pm
A special celebratory concert performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, conducted by Organist and Master of the Choristers James O’Donnell. The programme will include some of the finest examples of coronation music throughout the ages including masterpieces by Purcell, Handel, Parry and Walton. Tickets required. Booking opens in February 2013.
May 2013 – September 2013
A new exhibition will be staged in the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey featuring archive pictures of the 1953 Coronation, and rarely seen images of the extensive building work by the Ministry of Works, to prepare Westminster Abbey for the Coronation. In association with Getty Images. Free admission. No booking required.
NEW DISPLAY FOR THE CORONATION CHAIR
The Coronation Chair, which has been used in most coronations since the fourteenth century, will have a new display in St George’s Chapel, following delicate restoration work. The chair will be presented under a red fabric canopy supported on four posts of turned oak. The new design by Ptolemy Dean, Surveyor of the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, has been inspired by the gold canopy used during the anointing ceremony in the coronation. The new display will be in place in time for the service on Tuesday 4th June.
CORONATION CHAIR MINIATURES
The Abbey’s Museum will also show a rare collection of Coronation Chair miniatures, including silver charms, wooden and gold-plated replica chairs, which were made at the time of the 1953 Coronation.
Community groups from around the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Edinburgh Castle will work together to tell the stories of the objects and places associated with coronations over the last 1,000 years across Britain, gathering people's memories of the 1953 coronation, facilitating guided visits to see the objects and places connected with this event, and organising creative projects which take inspiration from historic stories. Schools will be invited to take part in an inter-school quiz, with questions about the coronations which have taken place in Westminster Abbey.