Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and related media

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Elizabeth is formally crowned queen of the United Kingdom in a live broadcast of the royal coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953.

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  • Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
    Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

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    Princess Elizabeth is formally crowned queen of the United Kingdom in a live broadcast of the royal coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953.

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  • Prince Charles Becomes Prince of Wales
    Prince Charles Becomes Prince of Wales

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    At Caernarfon Castle in Wales, Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales. This title, given to him on July 1, 1969, made him the next heir to the British throne after his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

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    Edward VIII Announces His Abdication

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    On December 11, 1936, Edward VIII, king of Great Britain and Ireland, broadcasts his decision to renounce his throne. Because he insisted on marrying the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson, Edward had no choice but to abdicate.

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