Prince Charles: He made history at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth

Prince Charles
That’s why he made history at his mother’s coronation

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles

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The coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 made history – mainly because of her son Prince Charles, who was four years old at the time.

Very few Royal fans were already in the world on this historic day: On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth, 96, then Princess Elizabeth, became Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa in Westminster Abbey in London , Pakistan and British Ceylon. Although Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen on February 6, 1952, after her father King George, † 56, died, June 2, 1953 is and remains the Queen’s official coronation day.

A day that made history, but not only because of the just 27-year-old new ruler, whose coronation was the first to be televised, but also because of her son Prince Charles, 73.

Prince Charles made history at his mother’s coronation

At the age of four, Charles was the first child to attend his mother’s coronation. His then two-year-old sister Princess Anne, 71, was also present at the gathering on the balcony, but not at the ceremony. The two royal experts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson referred to this in their podcast “The Royal Rota”.

Charles is said to have received a specially hand-painted, child-friendly invitation to the ceremony, which featured the British guards in their signature bearskin hats, as well as a cartoon lion and unicorn – symbols of the Queen’s royal coat of arms.

Queen Mum, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret at Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953

Queen Mum, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953

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Photo shows Queen Elizabeth’s bored son

But Charles wasn’t thrilled at the time. Photos from the service show him between his grandmother Queen Mum, †101, and his aunt Princess Margaret, †71, leaning his head on his hand quite bored. No wonder, after all, the service lasted three hours, which clearly exceeded the attention span of a four-year-old child.

Charles will certainly be more focused at the Queen’s 70th jubilee celebrations next week.

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