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King Charles’ coming coronation stirs memories of queen 70 years ago
Reverend Milton Job, 90, poses for a photograph in the Celestial Church of Christ in South-East London, Britain, April 19, 2023. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Pamela Tawse was 18 and still in her nurse’s uniform and cap when she made her way to central London after her night shift, eager to catch a glimpse of the new Queen Elizabeth on the day of her coronation.
It was the huge crescendo of noise she remembers today, aged 88, twinkling in delight as she thinks back to a time when Britain, still enduring rationing eight years after the end of World War Two, turned out in force to see the opulence and glamour of the start of a historic reign.
- Reuters Wider Image spoke to 12 people about their memories of the queen’s coronation on June 2, 1953 ahead of the crowning on May 6 of her son King Charles with much of the same pomp and pageantry but a scaled-down procession and a shorter ceremony.
Rihanna. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly