June 2, 1953 — Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

Technically, Elizabeth Windsor became the Queen of England as soon as her father, King George VI died on February 2 of 1952. But until her actual coronation – a lengthy religious ceremony held in Westminster Abbey – took place more than a year later.

This was necessary for political and religious purposes – without this apparently meaningless ceremony, the divine right of kings (well, queens in this case), would fall by the wayside, and that would just be unacceptable. Elizabeth would eventually reign for more than 70 years – the longest reign of any British monarch, and the second longest verified reign of any monarch of a sovereign state in history.

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