Queen Elizabeth II returns to Buckingham Palace in her coronation coach in 1953.

Photograph by David Boyer, National Geographic

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  • 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. 

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ceremony Noun

    activities to celebrate or commemorate an event.

    commonwealth Noun

    self-governing territory affiliated with the United States, used for Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.

    coronation Noun

    ceremony or act of officially crowning a monarch.