Her royal highness Queen Elizabeth II takes the throne after receiving the crown, scepter and rod from the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster on June 2, 1953. The coronation ceremony was the first service of its kind to be televised. More than 27 million people are said to have tuned in.
GLAMOUR QUEEN Elizabeth poses in a glamorous evening gown and diamonds in the year she became monarch in a portrait by Dorothy Wilding, who had photographed the royal family since the late 1920s. Wilding eventually became the official photographer of the royal couple at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and her photos were used to make Britain's official postage stamps.