1953 was a big year in our history. Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay summited Mount Everest, the Korean War ended, and Queen Elizabeth was coronated. The late Queen Elizabeth II would go on to become one of the longest-serving leaders and monarchs, achieving her platinum jubilee. However, it all started on June 2, 1953 – the day of her coronation.
In this photo, we see this momentous occasion just as the crown is placed on the Queen’s head. History was being made right here. Hers was the first coronation to be televised from inside Westminster Abbey. 27 million people in the country tuned in to watch and many more worldwide. For 70 years the Queen would reign over Great Britain; a feat few would ever reproduce.
Christmas at Buckingham Palace
This photo gives us some idea about the way Christmas is celebrated in Buckingham Palace. Taken in 2006, we see Chelsea College of Art & Design student, Haleh Niazi, helping to prepare the palace for that year’s Christmas festivities.
Based on the fact that the Royals hired Niazi, an art and design student, to help with the Christmas decorations, we can say that Christmas is a big deal in Buckingham Palace. Also, the mere fact that Niazi has to use a ladder to decorate the tree, well, that must be some tree. Even though the royal family usually spends Christmas at Sandringham and not Buckingham Palace, the spirit of the season is very much alive here.
King and Queen at the Palace
Here we go back to the past – specifically to the year 1942. We see a tender moment between the late King George VI and his late wife, the Queen Mother. We often don’t see the royal family just being a family or the royal couple just being a couple, but this photo here gives us an idea of the former royal couple. The two couldn’t be more different as people but complemented each other beautifully.
The Queen played a significant role in helping her husband overcome his shyness and insecurities. Together, they became unstoppable and steered the country through some of the most challenging times. Here, we see that King George VI is tending to the fire, while his wife looks on. It also lets us know about the interior of Buckingham Palace decades ago.
The Chinese Room
One of the interesting additions to Buckingham Palace is its Chinese Room. Queen Mary shared a deep love for collecting oriental objects, particularly items made of jade. In 1911, she turned her impressive collection into the Chinese Chippendale Room as a gift for the Prince of Wales. The late Queen Elizabeth II was also a fan of porcelain, and we suspect her grandfather, King George V, was also keen on these kinds of ceramics.
This photo hails from the first decade of the 20th century. It clearly shows the typical design of Chinese porcelain and unique wallpaper. Interestingly, this room was labeled "The Small Chinese Room" and considering that it has its own mantlepiece, "small" means something different in Buckingham Palace
Who is this young boy looking dashing in the royal chambers? Why it is none other than Prince Charles or Charles III! To be perfectly honest, at this young age, this young fellow looks like the perfect fit for the next king. But behind the camera, a different story unfolded. The prince was a shy and sensitive child. His mother – the young queen – was frequently away on royal duties.
His father thought Charles was too sensitive and wanted him to be “a man’s man.” With mostly his nanny for company, the prince had a tough but lonely childhood as was true for many royal children at the time. What's more interesting about this photo is that it's featured in the Lord Snowden collection. The photographer married Princess Margaret and even after their divorce, he continued to take snapshots of the royal family, including this one of the young future king.