Westminster Abbey, a key place in the life of Elizabeth II

Heart of the British monarchy for almost a millennium, this church was initially built in the 1040s by Edward the Confessor and transformed from 1245 into the imposing Gothic building that is known today, it was the scene of coronations, weddings and funerals of multiple kings , as well as celebrations for the long reign of Elizabeth II.

Before the funeral of the monarch, who died at the age of 96, Westminster Abbey hosted some of the most important moments of her life.

1934: a bridesmaid princess

At the age of 8, Princess Elizabeth was a bridesmaid at her uncle Prince George’s wedding to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. It was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on the radio.

1937: the coronation of his father

Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, was crowned on May 12, five months after the abdication of his older brother, King Edward VIII.

“I thought it was really magnificent,” the princess, then 11, said in a handwritten message, but “in the end the service got pretty boring, there were just prayers.”

1947: the wedding with Felipe

On November 20, the wedding of the heiress to the throne brought joy to post-World War II England. Relinquishing his Greek and Danish titles, Philip became Duke of Edinburgh.

Three of Philip’s sisters, married to German princes, were unable to attend.

Princess Elizabeth needed ration coupons to buy the satin for her gown, created by designer Norman Hartnell.

1953: the coronation of Elizabeth II

On June 2, 1953, Elizabeth II’s coronation ceremony was the first televised. It was followed by 27 million Britons out of a population of 36 million.

With 8,251 guests installed in steps to increase the church’s capacity, normally 2,200, the coronation lasted almost three hours and 129 nations and territories were officially represented.

In 2018, Elizabeth II described that carriage ride as “horrible” because of its discomfort.

1960: Margaret’s wedding

Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones on May 6, 1960 at Westminster Abbey, whom she divorced in 1978.

1973: Anne’s wedding

Princess Anne was the first of Queen Elizabeth II’s four children to marry, marrying Army Lieutenant Mark Philips on November 14.

Contrary to custom, this Olympic gold medal-winning jockey did not receive any peerage. The couple divorced in 1992.

1986: Andrew’s wedding to Sarah Ferguson

Following Charles and Diana’s wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981, Elizabeth II’s second son married Sarah Ferguson on July 23 in Westminster.

Prince Andrew and the popularly known as “Fergie”, who have two daughters (Beatrice and Eugenia), divorced in 1996, but remain very close.

1997: Diana’s funeral

Elizabeth II was widely criticized for her apparent coldness after the death of Princess Diana in a car accident in 1997 in Paris.

Despite the scandals in their relationship and their divorce in 1996, Prince Charles insisted that his body be repatriated. He was honored at Westminster Abbey on September 6.

Almost a million people crowded the streets of London and some 2.5 billion followed the funeral on television.

2002: The Queen Mother’s Funeral

The Queen Mother Elizabeth’s funeral on April 9, 2002 marked the end of an era. At 101 years old, she was the last empress of India.

More than 200,000 people turned out to pay respects at his coffin.

The death of her mother, just two months after that of her sister Margarita, caused an avalanche of messages of condolences and sympathy for the queen, after years of low popularity as a result of her criticized reaction to Diana’s death.

2011: William and Catherine’s wedding

On April 29, 2011, the biggest royal wedding in a generation was watched by some 2 billion viewers worldwide and breathed new life into the British monarchy after years of crisis.

The queen allows Prince William to break up the original guest list to include more of the couple’s friends and fewer world dignitaries.

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2013: the anniversary of the coronation

A ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s coronation. The act was presided over by the solid gold crown and the blessed oil that was used to anoint it.

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