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All the Very Best Photos From Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation

With King Charles III’s coronation right around the corner, everyone is getting in the festive, lavish coronation mood! While his late mother Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was as lavish as can be, with millions tuning in and a three-hour ceremony, Charles is making his a bit different.

Charles’ team has said many times how he wants his coronation to mark a new age of the royal family, a modernized version where the first day of his official reign will be marked with a more intimate, whittled-down monarchy.

However, this couldn’t be more different from Elizabeth’s coronation back on June 2, 1953. Since the last coronation before hers was her father George VI’s in 1937, so many were itching to see a coronation for the first time in person, through their TVs, or the radio.

Along with all of the traditional ceremonies, Elizabeth ensured nearly everyone from the close and extended family were in attendance for the big day. With millions of eyes on Elizabeth and the streets flooded with people camping out from the night before, it was truly the event of the century — and we have the photos to prove it.

Ahead of her son Charles’ coronation, let’s check out the best photos of Elizabeth’s coronation from 1953 below:

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