british.coronations

United Kingdom


The coronations - from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

Monarch:

Queen Elizabeth II

Date of succession:

6 February 1952

Date of coronation:

2 June 1953

Reign:

1952 - 

Spouce:

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 
(née Prince of Greece and Denmark

The ceremony in Westminster Abbey, with the exception of the anointingand communion, was televised for the first time.

Elizabeth's coronation gown was embroidered on her instructions with the floral emblems of Commonwealth countries:English Tudor rose; Scots thistle; Welsh leek; Irish shamrock; Australian wattle; Canadian maple leaf; New Zealand silver fern; South African protealotus flowers for India and Ceylon; and Pakistan's wheat, cotton, and jute

Monarch:

King George VI

Date of succession:

11 December 1936

Date of coronation:

12 May 1937

Reign:

11 December 1936 -
6 February 1952

Spouce:

Queen Elizabeth
(née Lady Eliazbeth Bowes-Lyon

George VI's coronation at Westminster Abbey took place on 12 May 1937, the date previously intended for Edward's coronation. In a break with tradition, Queen Mary attended the ceremony in a show of support for her son

Monarch:

King Edward VIII

Date of succession:

20 January 1936

Date of coronation:

Reign:

20 January 1936 -
11 December 1936

In January 1936, King George V died and his eldest son, Edward VIII, succeeded him as king.

The Coronation Committee had been delayed when it met for the first time on 24 June 1936.

Edward VIII had initially been reluctant to have a coronation at all (asking the Archbishop of Canterbury whether it could be dispensed with), but conceded that a shorter service would be acceptable.

The King's desire to marry was the public reason for a constitutional crisis that led to his abdication from the throne on 11 December 1936. While plans for the coronation went ahead, this time for a different monarch.

Monarch:

King George V

Date of succession:

6 May 1910

Date of coronation:

22 June 1911

Reign:

6 May 1910 - 
20 January 1936

Spouce:

Queen Mary

(née Princess Mary
of Teck

George and Mary's coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911,and was celebrated by the Festival of Empire in London. In July, the King and Queen visited Ireland for five days; they received a warm welcome, with thousands of people lining the route of their procession to cheer.

Monarch:

King Edward VII

Date of succession:

22 January 1901

Date of coronation:

2 August 1902

Reign:

22 January 1901 -
6 May 1910

Spouce:

Queen Alexandra
(née Princess of Denmark)

Edward's coronation had originally been scheduled for 26 June 1902. However, two days before, on 24 June, he was diagnosed with appendicitis.

 Sir Frederick Treves, with the support of Lord Lister, performed a then-radical operation.

Edward was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 9 August 1902 by the 80-year-old Archbishop of CanterburyFrederick Temple.


Monarch:

Queen Victoria

Date of succession:

20 June 1837

Date of coronation:

28 June 1838

Reign:

20 June 1837 -
22 January 1901

Spouce:

Prince Albert
(née Prince of

Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

The coronation of Queen Victoria took place on Thursday, 28 June 1838, just over a year after she succeeded to the throne of the United Kingdom at the age of 18. The ceremony was held in Westminster Abbey after a public procession through the streets from Buckingham Palace, to which the Queen returned later as part of a second procession.

.