This summer the nation will come together be celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Following last year’s magnificent Jubilee celebrations, it’s worth clarifying the difference between a Jubilee and a Coronation Anniversary. The Queen’s accession to the throne, following the tragic death of her father George VI, was in in 1952 and her Coronation was the following year in 1953 (it takes a long time to organise a Coronation after all!). Both are very important dates and give us all twice the reasons to get to together, celebrate and honour the Queen’s incredible reign and years of dedicating service.
The Coronation will be marked with a service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 4 June at 11am. If you’ll be watching the service on TV- or your invitation has been lost in the post like ours – we thought it only right that we let you know about some of the exciting events and activities going on up and down the land over the next months.
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The Coronation Ball – Winchester Cathedral – 8th of June
We believe all the most momentous anniversaries should be marked with a great big party, and Winchester Cathedral will deliver just that. Glitz and glamour will be the order of the evening with cocktails upon arrival followed by a 3-course feast. The party will continue late into the evening with the rock’n’roll music of the Coronation year, courtesy of The Cadillacs. Tickets cost just £39.50 and include a welcome drink, three-course dinner and coffee.
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Windsor Rowing Regatta – Henley – 15th and 16th of June
For the first time in nearly 50 years, a Royal Rowing Regatta will be held at Windsor Castle. This old tradition has been specially re-commissioned by Her Majesty and best of all – we’re all invited. With exclusive access to the Royal Park, this is once in a lifetime opportunity to see a great sporting contest in a setting normally closed off to the public. Tickets cost just £10 for adults and children under 16 go free (with a fee paying adult).
The Big Lunch – Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire – 2nd of June
The residents of Chipping Sodbury Gloucestershire had such a good time celebrating the Jubilee they just had to do it again for the Coronation! The bunting is being hung as we speak and the town’s being prepared for a massive street party. The town will also be hosting a three-day jazz festival between the 31st of May and the 2nd of June to keep everyone in the party mood.
Coronation! – Westminster Abbey – 1st of May – 30th of September
Our nation was a very different place in 1953 and an exhibition of archive pictures documenting the Coronation is now on display at Westminster Abbey. Look back in time to this momentous event with never before seen Coronation images and news stories courtesy of Getty Images.
The exhibition is free (but entry charges to the Abbey still apply).
The Abbey is also hosting a Coronation Gala on 13 June conducted by Organist and Master of the Choristers James O’Donnell and performed by the Quire of Westminster Abbey. The concert will feature Coronation music through the ages – tickets start from £20.
Ledbury Ox Roast – 60 years – 1st – 2nd of June
Despite rationing still being in force following WWII, the town of Ledbury in Herefordshire pulled together to celebrate the Coronation and had a massive Ox Roast in Her Majesty’s honour. 60 years on they’ve decided to commemorate the event with another amazing, and delicious, culinary celebration. The day will also include live music, food, beer, cider and craft festivals.
Advance tickets cost £5 and tickets bought on the gate cost £6