King Charles II’s Spectators
As fate would have it, King Charles II’s coronation also fell on a rainy day. Rather than a sea of umbrellas dominating this picture, we see the crowd dressed mainly in rain ponchos and other waterproof gear. You’ll also notice several people in the crowd talking amongst themselves. Of course, this being the 21st century, there are also plenty of cell phones out to capture this historic moment. The crowd appears more casual in this photo than they did during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, which is a fascinating testament to the way societal norms can change over the course of 70 years!