A greeting of blaring trumpets and cheering crowds greeted Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates the 60th anniversary of her coronation on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, with a service in Westminster Abbey that featured a priceless ornament that has shared the spotlight of the event.
Adorned with rubies, sapphires, and amethysts, the golden St. Edward’s crown was originally made for the coronation of Charles II back in 1661, and has been used to crown every British monarch ever since. It has been a symbolic royal jewelry that has decorated the heads of British monarchs for 350 years.
The crown, together with a golden, eagle-shaped bottle of holy oil for anointing took the center stage for the event with its place beside the altar for the historic service.
For Her Majesty, it was a flashback to the scene of her coronation back when she was 27, where she ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI.
The 87-year-old monarch was greeted with jubilant throngs and trumpets as she arrived at Westminster Abbey. Her 60 years at the throne has seen the terms of 12 British prime ministers—from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.
In attendance for the service were all senior British royals, including the Queen’s 91-year-old husband, Prince Philip. Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Prince William and his pregnant wife Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, were among the 2,000 guests in the Abbey—which has been the site of coronations for almost millennium.