Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace in her coronation coach in 1953.
Photograph by David Boyer, National Geographic
On June 2, 1953, Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, was crowned Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, in Westminster Abbey, London, England. Her coronation ceremony and parade were the first to be televised, and more than 120 million people tuned in.
As queen, Elizabeth II often travels to current and former members of the Commonwealth of Nations, an international organization made up mostly of former British colonies. Many consider her the most-traveled head-of-state in history.
activities to celebrate or commemorate an event.
self-governing territory affiliated with the United States, used for Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.
ceremony or act of officially crowning a monarch.