In photos – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II preparations
IN Photos – the preparation for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II:
The Gold Carpet to be laid in the Coronation Theatre of Westminster Abbey was being made by Messrs. Templeton’s factory in Glasgow.
The monks at Prinknash Abbey, Painswick, Gloucestershire, were making Coronation souvenirs.
Norman Hartnell, the Royal fashion designer, was pointing out the finer points of the Coronation dress he has designed for Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Women were stitching thousands of new uniforms for the Guards.
Three thousand bearskin hats were being made for the Brigade of Guards at the factory of L Silberston and Sons, Ltd, alongside new scarlet tunics for the Guardsmen, and items of uniform for the Household Cavalry.
Phyllis Albuqeque of Hove, Sussex, was examining a commemorative plate which was amongst the most expensive souvenirs on show at a preview of nearly a thousand Coronation souvenirs chosen by the Coronation Souvenirs Committee of the Council of Industrial Design at the Tea Centre, Regent Street, London.
Ruby Essan was working on the crown for the Coronation robe at the Royal School of Needlework, Kensington.
John Ambulance women were packing some of the 40,000 special energy tablets, to be distributed at need to casualties along the Coronation route. The tablets, made from glucose, were designed to restore sufferers from fainting and fatigue.
The League of Health and Beauty girls were lined out on the steps of the Royal Albert Hall, London, where they rehearsed for the Coronation display they were due to give.
The transmitter control station at Senate House, London, showing the portable transmitter control unit, was being made ready. The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was making history for television with the transmission of live pictures from London to the Continent of Europe of the ceremony and the London processions.
The Spode-Copeland Coronation mug which the Queen selected as her personal Coronation souvenir gift to all the children of workers on the Royal Estates was being shone.
And there much excitement in the land…