The beginning of the celebration of the Queen’s anniversary coincides with a significant anniversary for the monarch – the Day of her coronation.
The Queen is now the longest reigning monarch in the country and the only one in British history to celebrate a platinum anniversary.
In 1953, when the coronation took place, she was only 27 years old and for 16 months she served as a sovereign, supporting the morale of a nation that lost its famine after World War II.
On the day of the coronation, the people hosted the celebrations, despite the difficult post-war rationing, and even the terrible, off-season weather could not spoil the festivities.
People started sleeping on the streets London two days before the big event.
Despite heavy rain and strong winds, half a million people had already walked the route of the march the night before.
The coronation was spread with a wider audience through a relatively new medium of television.
Despite initial reservations, the Queen eventually agreed to allow TV cameras to be present at the abbey to capture the historic event.
Approximately 27 million people in the UK alone watched the coronation live on their black and white TV or their neighbors ’TVs.
The uncrowned Queen Elizabeth II – she actually wore the diadem of George IV during her voyage – set off Buckingham Palace in Gold State Coach.
Years later in a BBC documentary about the day the Queen recalled how “terrible” the trip was.
“It’s just on the skin,” she said of the coach, adding, “Not very comfortable.”
The Gold State Coach will star in Sunday’s anniversary competition as it travels the mall, and footage of the Queen using it at her coronation is shown in its windows, giving the impression of a young monarch riding in a carriage.
The Queen also said many years later that she had trouble starting work in her long coronation robe.
“I remember one moment when I went to the pile of carpet and could not move,” she said.
Her coronation dress from couturier Norman Hartnell was a white satin dress inlaid with diamonds, gold and silver ingots, pearls, crystals, pale amethysts and sequins to create a shimmering effect.
The silk embroidery of pastel colors reflected the coats of arms of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
The three-hour service took place before the meeting, which numbered more than 8,000 people.
The Queen took the coronation oath, was anointed and received regalia including a ball, coronation ring, glove and scepter before being crowned with the majestic crown of St. Edward.
The crown, which dates back to 1661, weighs 4 pounds and 12 ounces and is made of solid gold.
The Duke of Edinburgh swore to be for his wife a “monument of life and limbs” and was the first layman to pay his respects to the newly crowned monarch.
Prince Charleslooking rather sad, stared at the abbey, which sat between his widowed grandmother, queen mother and his aunt, Princess Margaret, but two years old Princess Anne was considered too young to participate.
The two-hour march, which is reflected in the route of the carnival anniversary march this weekend, back to Buckingham Palace, has been designed so that as many people as possible can see the monarch.
The Queen disguised herself in a purple velvet robe and donned a lighter imperial crown to the state before leaving the abbey.
She appeared on the balcony with Philip and other members of the royal family, including Charles and Anne, to wave to the crowd.
In her on-air address to the nation that evening, the young queen thanked the public for their support.
“All my life and with all my heart I will strive to be worthy of your trust,” she said.