The majestic monarchy in Britain has ruled for several centuries, and each coronation of a new Queen or King has been a highly anticipated and publicized event. Queen Elizabeth II reigned for an impressive 70 years, becoming the first monarch to do so in Britain. Her son, Charles III, patiently awaited his turn to ascend to the throne, and that time had finally arrived! There were many notable differences between Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years ago to the one King Charles III experienced. The size of the congregation was significantly smaller for King Charles III, and the dress code was far more relaxed, but many things stayed the same despite the passing of seven long decades. Check out these fascinating pictures comparing the two monarch’s coronations. We’ll highlight some of the similarities and differences, though the most obvious difference will be the photos from Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation are all black and white!
The Royal Portrait
Nothing says royalty quite like getting your portrait taken while decked out in royal attire. Both monarchs wore the Robe of Estate and the Imperial State Crown while holding the Sovereign’s Orb and Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross in their portraits. However, King Charles III’s photo, taken by Hugo Burnand, was captured while he sat on a throne chair in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Cecil Beaton took Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait and showed her in front of a backdrop of Westminster Abbey. The photos show both monarchs serious expressions as they contemplate this new stage in their lives.