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The Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon took place on 2 June 1953. Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. The coronation was delayed for more than a year because of the tradition that holding such a festival is inappropriate during the period of mourning that follows the death of a monarch. In the ceremony itself, at Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the law and govern the Church of England. It was the first coronation to be televised in the United Kingdom.
2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. Lettering around outside, date below.
ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II
Two falcons tethered to a perch; map of island behind.
1953 • 25 th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION • 1978