1952 Queen Elizabeth Coronated - History

1952 Queen Elizabeth Coronated - History

Queen Elizabeth on a State Visit in Australia

King George of England died on February 6th 1952. He had come to the throne following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII. George was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was officially coronated on June 2, 1952 at the age of 26. More then 67years later Elizabeth continues to reign as Queen Elizabeth.


Person of the Year: A Photo History

CHARLES DAWSON

Elizabeth II was named TIME's Woman of the Year in 1952

When Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, was born in 1926, it seemed unlikely that she would ever become the monarch of Great Britain. But the abdication of her uncle, Edward, the Prince of Wales, in 1936 changed the course of royal history and of 10-year-old Elizabeth's life.

When her father, King George VI, died in 1952, Elizabeth became queen. In honor of her succession to the throne, TIME chose Elizabeth II as the 1953 Woman of the Year, finding that her significance was that "of a fresh young blossom on roots that had weathered many a season of wintry doubt. The British, as weary and discouraged as the rest of the world in 1952, saw in their new young Queen a reminder of a great past. and dared to hope that she might be an omen of a great future."


Why We Don't Know the Exact Moment Queen Elizabeth's Reign Began

O n Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. A royal spokesperson told Maclean’s that the record-breaking moment at which she surpasses Queen Victoria’s 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes is set to happen around 5:30 p.m. local time.

That “around” is puzzling, given the precision of royal records. The reason for the approximation is that there is no gap between the periods of rule of British monarchs. The second one dies, the next is in charge. So, while Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation didn’t come until mid-1953, she became queen the very moment her father, King George VI, died, on Feb. 6, 1952.

The challenge for anniversary-minded royal-watchers is that King George died in his sleep. It was widely reported in 1952 that he was found dead by a servant around 7:30 in the morning&mdashmeaning that he died, and Elizabeth’s reign began, at some unremarked-upon moment prior to that time.

In fact, it wasn’t until later that day that the new queen&mdashwho was on a trip to Africa&mdasheven found out about her father’s death and her subsequent change in status.

“It was not until early in the afternoon that Philip got the news (by telephone from a local newspaper) that changed their lives,” TIME reported. “He sent an equerry to call London for confirmation, then gently led his wife down to the river’s edge and told her that her father was dead. The Queen returned to the lodge on her husband’s arm, shaken but in full command of herself.”

As she came to terms with her new role and began to make her way home, the article continued, the signifiers of her rule snapped into place:

But even as the shocking news interrupted the smooth flow of past into future, a new present was making itself felt. The King was dead, but the Crown remained, and it must be fitted promptly to a new head. In London’s High Court, King’s Counselor Harold Shepherd had just finished cross-examining a defendant when the news came. The court adjourned. Ten minutes later, the lawyer resumed the floor as Queen’s Counselor. Painters at another London court set to work painting out the sign “King’s Bench” and replacing it with “Queen’s Bench.” “Who goes there?” sang out the sentries in a traditional nightly ritual at the Tower of London. “The Queen’s Keys,” came the new answer. There were a multitude of adjustments to be made in a nation where everything is run in the name of the sovereign. Six months hence, for instance, a new coinage would appear bearing a likeness of the Queen, facing, in accordance with tradition, in the opposite direction from her predecessor. But first, there was the complicated procedure of establishing without question the sovereign’s identity and right to sit on the throne.

King George’s death caught Parliament in the midst of one of the fiercest debates in its recent history, and instantly stilled that debate. On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Commons met briefly to hear the news officially announced by the Prime Minister, and then recessed. The government ministers, together with leaders of the Opposition, the Privy Council and other prominent Britons, had a more important meeting to attend: the meeting of the Accession Council, the oldest governmental convocation in England, 192 of whose members gathered at St. James’s Palace to determine formally the new sovereign’s accession and title. The council’s task was complicated by the fact that Elizabeth, the first British monarch since George I to be out of the country when her predecessor died, was still 4,000 air miles from London and hence unavailable to proclaim, as required, that she is a Protestant. Nevertheless, in two hours, the councilors decided that she was indeed the rightful sovereign, and at 7 p.m. the House of Commons met again to hear their report and swear allegiance to the new Queen. Then they adjourned. That night London was dark and still.

Read more from 1952, here in the TIME Vault: Elizabeth II


Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms (born 21 April 1926 in London, United Kingdom). The Queen has reigned since 1952 and is the Head of State of Canada, the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth II was the first monarch to be crowned Queen of Canada. She is the longest reigning monarch in British and Commonwealth history.

A stamp printed in Great Britain (circa 1997) shows Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on the day of the wedding in 1947. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leaving Buckingham Palace and going to the State Opening of Parliament. Photo taken on: May 8, 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the Sussex Vale District Women's Institute during the Royal Visit in Sussex, New Brunswick, Oct. 12, 2002. Photo taken on: October 12, 2002. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at one stop in Ottawa, Ontario, at the Museum of Nature during the 2010 Royal Tour of Canada. Photo taken on: July 01st, 2010

Birth

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21 April 1926 at the London home of her maternal grandparents, Claude and Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore. Her parents were Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future George VI), second son of the reigning King George V, and the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

At the time of her birth, she was third in line to the throne but it seemed unlikely that she would ever become Queen. Her uncle, the future Edward VIII, was unmarried at the time but the public assumed that he would eventually marry and have children of his own. The succession laws of the period dictated that any sons born to the Duke and Duchess of York would precede Elizabeth in the line of succession. Nevertheless, there was public interest in the birth of King George V`s first granddaughter. Elizabeth was christened in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace on 29 May 1926. Her godparents included a former Governor General of Canada, her great-grand-uncle Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught.

Early Life

When Elizabeth was only eight months old her parents embarked on a six-month world tour, visiting Australia and New Zealand. Although the Duchess of York wrote in her diary that she was "very miserable at leaving the baby," the young Elizabeth remained in the United Kingdom in the care of her grandparents as was customary for royal tours at the time. Despite these periodic absences for royal duties, Elizabeth, her parents, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose (1930–2002), were a close family who enjoyed spending time together. Although George V had a reputation for severity toward his children, he doted on his granddaughter and she enjoyed a close relationship with all her grandparents.

Abdication Crisis

On 20 January 1936, George V died and Elizabeth’s uncle succeeded to throne as King Edward VIII. He reigned for only 11 months before abdicating on 10 December to marry a twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson. The abdication changed 10-year-old Elizabeth’s life. With the ascension of her father as King George VI, she became the heiress presumptive, and the family moved into Buckingham Palace. The young princesses were not happy with the changes that their father’s ascension brought to their lives, which included less privacy and less time with their parents.

Education

Elizabeth and Margaret were educated at home by a governess, Marion Crawford, who taught history, geography, grammar, literature and composition. They also had additional governesses who taught French, music and dancing. The Queen is fluently bilingual in French and English. Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, took a strong interest in the education of her granddaughters and took them to museums and historic sites to increase their knowledge of the history and politics of the British Isles. As she grew older, Elizabeth received additional training to prepare her for her future position, including history and political science lessons with the vice provost of Eton College, Sir Henry Marten, and extensive time spent with her father, learning the duties of a constitutional monarch first-hand.

Second World War

Elizabeth and Margaret resided at Windsor Castle, outside London, throughout the Second World War. During this time, Elizabeth continued her education and began to assume official duties. At the age of 14, she made her first radio broadcast, addressing the children of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth as part of the BBC Children’s Hour. Elizabeth carried out her first solo engagement in 1943, spending a day with the tank battalion of the Grenadier Guards in her capacity as Honorary Colonel-in-Chief. She began accompanying her parents on royal engagements throughout the United Kingdom in 1944 and became a Counsellor of State. In 1945, Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a subaltern and rose to the rank of junior commander by the end of the war. The Queen is the only current Head of State who served in uniform during the Second World War.

Marriage

Elizabeth met Prince Philip of Greece in childhood and first became interested in him when he gave her a tour of the Dartmouth Naval College in 1939. They corresponded throughout the Second World War and Philip spent periods of leave from the Royal Navy at Windsor Castle.

On 9 July 1947, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Elizabeth and Philip. In Canada, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King summoned the King’s Canadian Privy Council to approve the union of the future Queen of Canada. Elizabeth and Philip were married at Westminster Abbey in London on 20 November 1947. The ceremony was broadcast over BBC radio to an audience of 200 million people around the world, allowing Canada to share in the celebrations. Mackenzie King sent the royal couple antique silver as a wedding gift (in consultation with a former viceregal consort, the Countess of Athlone) as well as a mink coat for the Princess.

Motherhood

The royal couple’s first child, Prince Charles, was born at Buckingham Palace on 14 November 1948. A daughter, Princess Anne, was born on 15 August 1950, followed 10 years later by Prince Andrew (19 February 1960) and later Prince Edward (10 March 1964). Elizabeth expressed her intention to be a hands-on mother and nursed Charles until she caught the measles when he was two months old. George VI’s declining health, however, meant that Elizabeth assumed a demanding schedule of royal engagements while her children were young. As Queen, her extensive Commonwealth tours resulted in her children spending long periods with nannies and with their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

First Tour of Canada

Elizabeth visited Canada for the first time in the autumn of 1951, accompanied by Philip. The royal couple were representing George VI, who had just undergone surgery for lung cancer. There was tremendous popular interest in the tour because Elizabeth and Philip, like William and Catherine in 2011, appeared to be a glamorous young royal couple who would modernize the monarchy. They were the first royal couple to visit Canada via transatlantic aircraft rather than ship and they threw themselves into Canadian pastimes, attending a hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens and a demonstration of the Calgary Stampede and square dancing at Rideau Hall. They were well-received by Canadians from all walks of life though Elizabeth appeared to be quieter and more reserved than the gregarious Philip. After her return to the United Kingdom, Elizabeth reflected on her time in Canada: "I am sure that nowhere under the sun could one find a land more full of hope, of happiness and of fine, loyal, generous-hearted people. […] They have placed in our hearts a love for their country and its people which will never grow cold and which will always draw us to their shores."

Ascension to the Throne

George VI died on 6 February 1952 while Elizabeth and Philip were representing him on a trip to Kenya. The 25-year-old Princess automatically succeeded to throne as Queen Elizabeth II. The new Queen and her husband immediately returned to the United Kingdom and ascended to the throne in a climate of tremendous public goodwill. Both her father and grandfather had been second sons who were not raised to be King but Elizabeth had been heiress presumptive from a young age and was extremely popular.

Canada was between Governors General at the time so the Chief Justice, Thibaudeau Rinfret, proclaimed “The High and Mighty Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary” Queen and “Supreme Liege Lady in and over Canada.” In December 1952, the new Queen’s formal Canadian titles were decided at the Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference in London: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

Coronation

Elizabeth II was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 and made history by becoming the first monarch to be crowned Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of Canada. Her dress included symbols from the Commonwealth realms, with embroidered maple leaves representing Canada (see also Emblems of Canada).

The Queen’s unprecedented decision to permit television cameras to film the coronation allowed the entire Commonwealth to share in the celebrations. The coronation became the first transatlantic television broadcast as the footage was flown to Canada to be shown on the CBC. Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent attended the coronation in London while Governor General Vincent Massey presided over the celebrations on Parliament Hill, which were attended by 100,000 people. There were additional celebrations across Canada. St. John’s, Newfoundland, held the largest parade in the city’s history and there was a coronation show at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

Political Role in Canada

Canada is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen as Head of State. The Crown holds the power to govern but this power is entrusted to the government, which is expected to lead on behalf of the people. The Crown serves as a level of government that is above party politics and holds reserve powers such as appointing the Prime Minister, opening Parliament, proroguing Parliament and calling an election. Bills passed by the House of Commons and Senate must receive Royal Assent to become law. In Canada, the Crown is represented by the Governor General at the federal level and Lieutenant-Governors at the provincial level. During her time in Canada, however, the Queen has directly exercised her prerogatives as Head of State. In 1957, on her first visit to Canada after her accession, the Queen opened Parliament and delivered the throne speech in person. In 1976, the Queen declared the Olympic Summer Games in Montréal open in her capacity as Canada’s Head of State.

Head of the Commonwealth

From the beginning of her reign, the Queen devoted herself to the role of Head of the Commonwealth. She is the most well-travelled monarch in history and has visited all Commonwealth nations except Cameroon and Rwanda. For decades, the issue of South African apartheid dominated Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings and allowed the Queen to exert political influence in her role as Head of the Commonwealth. During the 1980s, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney supported economic sanctions against the apartheid regime, measures which British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opposed. The Queen supported Mulroney’s stance as well as the release of future South African President Nelson Mandela from prison.

The Quiet Revolution in Quebec

Until the 1960s, the monarchy was popular in Québec because the Crown was viewed as a protector of minority rights. When the Queen’s parents visited Montréal in 1939, they estimated that two million people had greeted them in the city. In 1953, celebrations were held in Québec City in honour of the Queen’s coronation. However, the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s changed attitudes toward the monarchy, presenting the Queen as a symbol of British oppression. In 1964, the Queen addressed the Québec legislative assembly in French, stating, “I am pleased to think that there exists in our Commonwealth a country where I can express myself officially in French.” Despite these sentiments, the Queen faced crowds of protesters who turned their backs on her and chanted, “Elizabeth, go home.” The police crackdown on these protests became known as “Truncheon Sunday.”

The Monarchy in English Canada

In English Canada, the monarchy inspired indifference rather than hostility during the same period. In 1959, CBC journalist Joyce Davidson commented on NBC’s Today show, “Like most Canadians, I am indifferent to the visit of the Queen,” referring to the Queen and Prince Philip’s six-week tour that year of all Canada’s provinces and territories. The Canadian public responded with outrage and polling data revealed that the majority of Canadians in 1959 were looking forward to the royal visit.

During the 1960s and 1970s, however, more and more prominent Canadians expressed sentiments similar to those of Davidson. In 1967, the UK High Commissioner in Canada, Sir Henry Lintott, wrote that his conversations with Prime Minister Lester Pearson revealed that he “now believes that the days of the monarchy in Canada are numbered, and that Canada should have her own head of state sooner rather than later.” In the 1970s, there were fewer and fewer public references to the Queen’s role as Canada’s Head of State, contributing to a widespread view that the monarchy was in terminal decline.

Yet the future of the Crown in Canada was protected in 1982 by the Constitution section 41(a) stipulated that any changes concerning the office of the Queen, Governor General or Lieutenant-Governor of a province required the assent of all provincial legislatures in addition to the Senate and the House of Commons.

The Crown and Canada’s First Nations

The Crown has enjoyed a special relationship with Canada’s First Nations since King George III issued the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which guaranteed First Nations land rights. As in Québec prior to the Quiet Revolution, many First Nations leaders view the Crown as a protector of minority rights. The Queen’s visits to Canada usually include meetings with First Nations leaders and attendance at cultural events. In 1970, the Queen visited remote communities along the Arctic Circle with Philip and her two eldest children, Charles and Anne. This high-profile tour officially marked the 100th anniversary of the Northwest Territories but it also provided the Queen with the opportunity to engage with the Inuit and to affirm Canada’s sovereignty over the Arctic through her presence in the region.

Renewed Interest in Canadian Monarchy

The Queen’s visit to Canada in 2010 began a period of renewed popular interest in the Canadian monarchy. The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated Canada Day on Parliament Hill before a crowd of 70,000 people. In her bilingual address, the Queen stated, “During my lifetime, I have been a witness to this country for more than half its history since Confederation. I have watched with enormous admiration how Canada has grown and matured while remaining true to its history, its distinctive character and its values.”

Reduced Appearances

Since 2010, the Queen has reduced her number of public appearances Prince Philip retired from public engagements in 2017. In their place, younger generations of the royal family have assumed a greater public role. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall (Charles and Camilla) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) have undertaken Commonwealth tours traditionally assumed by the Queen and Prince Philip.

In 2011, William and Kate travelled across Canada on their first overseas tour as a married couple. The success of the 2011 tour demonstrated that there was a bright future for the monarchy beyond the reign of the present Queen. The Queen remained in the United Kingdom for Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 but the 60th anniversary of her accession was an opportunity for people throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate her reign and achievements. The Queen's children and grandchildren represented her throughout the Commonwealth for the Diamond Jubilee. Charles and Camilla visited Canada for Victoria Day weekend and were well-received. They also toured Canada for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. William and Kate marked the 150th anniversary with a 2016 tour of British Columbia and the Yukon.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen and Prince Philip isolated at Windsor Castle. Philip died on 9 April 2021, only months before his 100th birthday.

Military Patronage

As Head of State, the Queen is formally Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces and is also honorary Colonel-in-Chief of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), The Calgary Highlanders, The Canadian Grenadier Guards, The Canadian Forces Military Engineering Branch, The 48th Highlanders of Canada, The Governor General’s Foot Guards, The Governor General’s Horse Guards, The King’s Own Calgary Regiment, Le Régiment de la Chaudière, The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, The Royal New Brunswick Regiment, The Royal 22e Régiment (The Van Doos), and the Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Highlanders. The Queen is also Captain General of the Royal Canadian Artillery.

Philanthropy and Interests

The Queen is patron or president of more than 600 charities and other philanthropic and cultural organizations worldwide, including more than 30 based in Canada. The Queen’s Canadian patronages include the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Medical Association, Save the Children Canada, the Royal Canadian Humane Association, the Queen’s Plate and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair of Toronto. Successive monarchs and their families have extended royal patronage to hospitals since the 18th century. Current royal patronage of animal welfare organizations (see also Animal Issues) reflects the Queen’s love of dogs, horseback riding and horse racing.


From the archives: Canada marks the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

This article was published more than 9 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current.

Sixty years ago, Canada celebrated its new queen with everything from parades to postal stamps. After acceding to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned June 2, 1953, with images of her televised ceremony beamed into households across the Commonwealth.

The cover design of the approved souvenir program of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Canadian edition issued by King George's Jubilee Trust May 12, 1952 was sold for $1 dollar each.

Four Canadians were selected as gold staff officers for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953. They acted as royal ushers at Westminster Abbey, carrying short gold staffs bearing the Queen's cipher and directing guests to their seats in the Abbey. In all, they were on their feet for nine hours. From left to right: G.G. Crean of Toronto, counsellor Lt-Col. H.E. Price of Quebec City, secretary of the Canadian Joint Staff in London Louis Couillard of Ottawa, first secretary at Canada House and Robert Campbell Smith of Vancouver, Commerical Secretary.

German-born sculptor Emanuel Hahn (1881-1957), poses in his studio on Adelaide Street in Toronto on Jan. 28, 1953. Mr. Hahn is seen working on a profile of Queen Elizabeth II. His designs were used on Canada’s Coronation stamps.

Artists prepare a large-scale Canadian emblem for coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which adorned the coronation stands in Parliament Square along with the emblems of other Commonwealth countries, at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Each emblem measured 16 square feet (about 1.5 square metres).


4. Queen Elizabeth and President John F. Kennedy

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip host Queen’s Dinner for President Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy at Buckingham Palace on June 5, 1961. [Source]


How did Prince Philip and the Queen meet?

When Philip and Elizabeth were children, they met at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934.

At the time Philip was Prince of Greece and Denmark, while Princess Elizabeth was the heir to the throne as King George VI&rsquos eldest daughter.

Elizabeth and Philip later met again in 1939 at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, when Elizabeth visited the grounds with her family.

Queen Elizabeth II: How did Prince Philip and the Queen meet? (Image: GETTY)

Queen Elizabeth II: Princess Elizabeth got engaged to Philip in 1947 (Image: GETTY)

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Philip was 18-years-old and training at the college at the time, and Elizabeth was 13.

Royal author Christopher Warwick told Vanity Fair: &ldquoThere had been an outbreak of measles or chickenpox at the Royal Naval College, so Philip had been delegated to look after them and play games with Elizabeth and Margaret.

&ldquoAnd when he got tired of playing train sets with them, it&rsquos famously known that he said, &lsquoLet&rsquos go and jump the nets on the tennis courts.&rsquo

&ldquoAnd Princess Elizabeth was just overwhelmed [by Philip], really.

Queen Elizabeth II: Elizabeth and Philip married at Westminster Abbey in 1947 (Image: GETTY)

&ldquoHer governess, Marion Crawford, recorded [in her diary] that Elizabeth said, &lsquoSee how he jumps.&rsquo&rdquo

Elizabeth and Philip would later begin exchanging letters to each other, and Philip went away to serve in the Navy during World War 2.

In 1946 Elizabeth and Philip got engaged, but the announcement of the couple&rsquos engagement was not made until 1947 after Elizabeth turned 21.

Philip renounced his own titles as Prince of Greece and Denmark to marry the future Queen, and he became a naturalised British citizen, taking on the surname of his maternal uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten.

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Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen and Prince Philip have four children (Image: GETTY)

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On November 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey.

Philip was created the Duke of Edinburgh by Elizabeth's father, King George VI, and for a time Elizabeth was known as the Duchess of Edinburgh.

Elizabeth and Philip welcomed Prince Charles in 1948 and Princess Anne in 1950.

But their time as just an ordinary family would not last long, as King George VI died at the age of 56 in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth II: A timeline of royal weddings (Image: EXPRESS)


Changes when Queen Elizabeth dies and Prince Charles becomes King

For many people in Berkshire, and around the country, their only ruler has been her majesty the Queen.

Some older people will remember her predecessor King George VI, but since 1952 Queen Elizabeth II has been the much-loved monarch and head of the Royal Family.

But she is now 94, and royalists will at some point have to say goodbye to her and husband Prince Phillip, who is 99 and remains in hospital after treatment for an infection.

Once The Queen&aposs incredible reign does come to an end, the nation&aposs eyes will turn to Prince Charles.

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The Prince is now 73 and will take his turn as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (as well as a number of other countries around the world).

His son Prince William will become heir to the throne and there is likely to be a reshuffle within the Royal Famil.

There will be a number of changes the general public will also have to get their heads around too.

Surrey Live reported eight things that are likely to change when the succession takes place.

The first coronation in more than 60 years could look a little different

Prince Charles will become the monarch as soon as The Queen dies, and then the traditional state occasion of the coronation will follow.

It&aposs probably not much of a surprise to say the modern coronation might be a little different to the one more than 60 years ago - for a start it would be broadcast in colour.

University College London&aposs (UCL) Constitution Unit has suggested a modernised homage might be considered.

Historically, coronations have included a homage where peers kneel before the new monarch to show their respect.

At Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation this meant the audience was mostly full of peers and their other halves.

The Unit adds there have been suggestions “for some time” for the homage to be taken out of the coronation and replaced in a different form.

The change would make sense, it adds, to reinforce the idea of a new reign that relates to everyone, not just the upper classes.

A new home for Prince Charles and Camilla

Once he becomes King, Prince Charles will move out of his current home at Clarence House, and into Buckingham Palace.

This was confirmed to the the Daily Star in March last year.

However, in the past Royal insiders have said the Prince wants to change the palace into a "Monarchy HQ" and move it away from being a royal residence.

At the moment, the palace is having a massive £369 million refurbishment, so it&aposll be interesting to see how it goes down if he decided he doesn&apost want to live there.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to cash in

It will be all change for Prince William and his Reading-born wife Kate Middleton when Charles does become King.

As King, he will no longer be entitled to any of the profits from the Duchy of Cornwall.

These will be passed on to William and his family.

The enormous estate extends over 52,789 hectares of land across 21 counties, mostly in the south-west.

According to The Express, taking over the Duchy of Cornwall profits will make Kate and Wills “considerably richer”.

The paper said Charles earned around £20m in 2017 from the Duchy of Cornwall profits.

Camilla will get a title change

The Prince of Wales&apos wife will also get a title change.

Camilla is currently the Duchess of Cornwall, having married the Prince in Windsor Guildhall in 2005.

Common law states the King&aposs spouse is known as the Queen.

However, that might not be the case, as the Daily Star reports, the 73-year-old will be known as “Princess Consort” when the Queen dies.

In a statement Clarence House said: “The intention is for The Duchess to be known as Princess Consort when The Prince accedes to the throne.”

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A restructure is also on the cards

Following the Prince Andrew crisis over his friendship the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the Daily Star reports Prince Charles&apos plan to slim down the Royal Family was "jump started."

It is said the future king has always wanted to reduce the size of the Royal Family.

Brittani Barger, deputy editor of Royal Central, told the Daily Star: “I think the Andrew crisis has definitely strengthened Prince Charles&aposs desire for a slimmed-down monarchy.

“Prince Andrew is now out of the picture. I don&apost see him ever undertaking royal duties again, and any hope that his daughters would is now gone.

“So the process of slimming the monarchy has already begun as we know Charles was pushing his mother to meet with Andrew and have him step back from his royal duties.”

The National Anthem will change

This a minor change that will require a major effort from the British public.

God Save the King was last sung nearly 70 years ago, which means the words to the current version are ingrained in everyone&aposs minds.
It will take a lot of effort to get used to that, but with Charles likely to be succeeded by his son, we might get the hang of it eventually.

‘God Save the King&apos was a song first publicly performed in 1745 in London, which came to be known as the National Anthem at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

New bank notes

Cash isn&apost as prominent as it once was.

However, the banknotes are going to change once Charles becomes King.

This is another thing we&aposre all completely used to, seeing the young Queen on our banknotes and coins.

The Express reports that the Prince of Wales has already sat for portraits that will be used on new currency, stamps and even postboxes.

It won’t be the first time Charles has been engraved onto coins. A commemorative series of £5 coins were released for the Prince’s 70th birthday in 2018.

His depiction was paired with the official portrait of the Queen on the other side.

We could have King Charles, or King George, or even King Arthur

Everyone knows the Prince of Wales as Prince Charles.

However, what could make things more confusing when he becomes King is that he&aposs perfectly entitled to use one of his other names if he becomes King.

The Constitution Unit at UCL reports that the Prince is free to choose his own regnal title. It said: “King Edward VII chose Edward as his regnal title, although hitherto he had been known by his first name of Albert.

The unit added: “Prince Charles&apos Christian names are Charles Philip Arthur George.

“Instead of becoming King Charles he might choose to become King George VII, or King Philip, or King Arthur.”

It seems unlikely someone the entire world has referred to as Charles for his whole life suddenly chooses another name, but it could happen.


George VI (1937-1952)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's father appeared in effigy on Canadian coins until his daughter's Coronation in 1952. Until 1947, the inscription accompanying his image read GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP or GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA REX ET IND:IMP (depending on the denomination). After India became independent in 1947, the ET IND:IMP, which meant “George VI, Emperor of India,” was discontinued.


1973 Visit to Calgary

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Canada twice in 1973. Their first visit, from June 25th to July 5th, included a stop in Calgary. In fact, Calgary – July 5th, 1973 – was the last stop of Their Majesties’ trip. One of the reasons for this trip was for the Queen to participate in events across Canada to mark the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Centennial.

Their Royal Highnesses arrived at the Calgary Airport in the late morning at 11:50 a.m. They were greeted by a number of dignitaries, including Premier Peter Lougheed and Mrs. Jeanne Lougheed, and Mayor Rod Sykes and Mrs. Gisele Sykes.

Calgary Itinerary

The Royal Guests departed at 12:00 Noon for the Indian Meeting Ground where Chief Harold Cardinal, President of the Indian Association of Alberta, made an Address of Loyalty to which the Queen replied. This was followed by a short walk by the teepees and then the departure for the Palliser Hotel.

The Civic Luncheon at the Palliser Hotel began at 12:55 p.m. There was a presentation of Head Table Guests who had not been presented previously. Mayor Rod Sykes then made a presentation from The City of Calgary to Their Majesties – Calgary’s gift being a $2000 Royal Visit Scholarship.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

After the Civic Luncheon and the opportunity to retire for a brief rest period, Their Royal Highnesses left the Palliser Hotel at 2:40 p.m. for the Stampede Grounds. Upon their arrival, they transferred to a carriage, and with a mounted escort from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), they made a circuit of the track. Exiting at the North Gate, their open carriage made its way to Flare Square where the Royal Guests would disembark for a tour of the RCMP Activity Centre.

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip and George Crawford, President of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, meets an officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the afternoon grandstand performance at the Stampede.

Glenbow Archives NA-2864-23290-14. “Queen Elizabeth meeting Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer at afternoon grandstand performance, Calgary, Alberta”, July 5, 1973, by Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, used with permission, Courtesy of Glenbow Archives, Archives and Special Collections, University of Calgary.

Dinner at the Palliser Hotel

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip returned to the Palliser Hotel at 4:50 p.m. for a brief presentation of photographs and presents. After a rest period they attended a dinner at the hotel hosted by Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau is speaking at the dinner he hosted at the Palliser Hotel. Queen Elizabeth II is seated to his right and Prince Philip is seated to his left.

Glenbow Archives NA-2864-23388-11a. “Prime Minister Trudeau speaks at a Palliser Hotel banquet for Queen Elizabeth, Calgary, Alberta”, July 5, 1973, by Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, used with permission, Courtesy of Glenbow Archives, Archives and Special Collections, University of Calgary.

After Dinner Events

The Royal Couple left the Palliser Hotel at 8:35 p.m. to return to the Stampede Grounds. They arrived at the Royal Box at the Grandstand and Queen Elizabeth opened the Stampede at 8:55 p.m. After viewing the Chuckwagon races and a special musical presentation honouring the RCMP, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip left the grounds at 10:20 p.m. for the Calgary Airport where they departed for London at 10:50 p.m. via an Air Canada DC-8.

Photograph of the signature page for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip from July 5 th , 1973 during their Calgary visit.


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