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Service at Westminster Abbey, 4 June 2013

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The 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation was celebrated with a Service at Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s entrance into the Abbey was marked by the Choirs singing ‘I Was Glad’ by Parry. Queen’s Scholars exclaim ‘Vivat Regina Elilzabetha!’.

The Service was attended by a congregation of 2000 people, some of whom took part in the Coronation on 2 June 1953. A new Anthem, composed by Bob Chilcott, and funded by many of the 1953 choristers, was sung.

Several key items from the Coronation were displayed during the anniversary service.

St Edward’s Crown, usually housed at the Tower of London, was placed on the High Altar for the first time since the Coronation. Beside it was the Ampulla, the gold, eagle-shaped bottle from which the holy oil was poured for The Queen’s anointing. The Coronation Chair, made on the orders of Edward I in 1300-1, was also on view.

Readings were given by Prime Minister David Cameron and Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.

As the Royal Family departed the Abbey, the bells were rung to mark the end of the Service.

As The Queen departed, the Abbey’s company of ringers ring a celebratory peal of London Suprise Royal comprising 5060 changes.

Read the Order of Service.

Listen to a podcast of the Address given by the Archbishop of Canterbury or read a transcript on the Westminster Abbey website.

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