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LONDON — Fellow royal family members, politicians and a smattering of stars were on hand as the U.K. and international media turned up and tuned in to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, along with 2,000 other guests, attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark 60 years since her coronation.
U.K. media — from newspapers to TV networks such as the BBC, ITV and Sky News – covered the occasion.
It was also featured on CBS News, CNN and ABC News among others stateside.
The congregation sang the British national anthem before U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron gave a reading from the Book of Kings.
Secretary General of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma also gave a reading.
Actress Claire Skinner, a famous face in the U.K. for her turn in the cult BBC comedy sitcom Outnumbered, read a poem called The Throne, written for the anniversary by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Also on hand was Prince William and his pregnant wife, Kate Middleton, returning to the church they got married in two years ago.
The BBC noted it was the first time the couple, whose first baby is due next month, have attended a public event at the abbey since they married there.
Other royals included Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, the Princess Royal and Zara Phillips with her husband Mike Tindall.
The British media delighted in highlighting various snippets from the ceremony that mirrored events at the 1953 service.
The heavy, solid-gold St Edward’s Crown, displayed on the high altar was there — the first time it has left the Tower of London since 1953, said the BBC.
Next to the crown was the Ampulla, the gold, eagle shaped bottle from which the holy oil was poured for the Queen’s anointing.
The Coronation Chair, one of the oldest pieces of English furniture still in use, was also on show.
Sky News noted that the Queen and Prince Philip arrived at the ceremony amid “modest crowds.”
Queen Elizabeth II succeeded her father, King George VI, as monarch in 1952, which last summer’s jubilee celebrated.
About 18 months later, she had her coronation ceremony in the British capital’s Westminster Abbey in early June 1953.
Back then, aged 27, she was the 38th sovereign to be crowned in an abbey that has been conducting such ceremonies since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066.
The Archbishop of Canterbury told those gathered in the abbey the coronation had been “an ordination, a setting aside of a person for service.”
At the time the coronation was a major television spectacle, with an estimated 27 million Britons tuning in to the BBC to watch it.
The coronation is said to have been the first event in the U.K. that was followed by more people on TV than radio.
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