This weekend the nation celebrates The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years on the throne, with a number of public events, including some here at the Hall.

Following the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952, preparations for the coronation of Elizabeth II began, with a date being set for 2 June 1953. This followed the traditional approach that celebrations such as a coronation were inappropriate during the period of mourning that follows the death of the preceding sovereign.

The Royal Albert Hall, commissioned by King George VI’s Great-Grandmother Queen Victoria to fulfil the vision of her late husband Prince Albert, hosted a number of special events in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Elizabeth II, who is now the Hall’s patron.

Coronation events

16 April 1953
Wrestling Tournament – Coronation Programme.

2 May 1953
The Boys’ Brigade Coronation Display, attended by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II

23 May 1953
The Women’s League Of Health And Beauty Coronation Year Display

27 May 1953
The Coronation Ball with Trinidadian musician Edmundo Ros and his Rumba Band, Ted Heath and his Band, as well as dancers re-enacting periods of English history up to Queen Victoria’s reign. Attended by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

30 May 1953
The Girls’ Life Brigade Coronation Rally

31 May 1953
London Symphony Orchestra’s Grand Coronation Concert

1 June 1953
United Service of Prayer and Dedication on the Eve of Her Majesty’s Coronation

8-13 June 1953
The Coronation Year Presentation of “Boy Scout” by Ralph Reader

16 June 1953
Messiah, In Celebration of the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II with the London Symphony Orchestra and a Choir of 1,000 Voices.

23-24 June 1953
London Schools’ Coronation Festival of Music and Dance to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

29 June- 11 July 1953
Hiawatha, Coronation Performance with the London Coronation Choir and London Symphony Orchestra. Attended by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.


Selected programme covers from 1953. Click to enlarge:

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