The British Royal Family attended a service at Westminster Abbey in London on June 4, 2013 to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Among those in attendance were the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York and the Princess Beatrice and Eugenie of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor, the Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, as well as Peter and Autumn Phillips, and Zara and Mike Tindall. The Duke of Edinburgh fortunately was able to attend the service. He was recently taken ill and had to cancel an appearance at an official engagement the night before. The Dean of Westminster from the High Altar, told the congregation: “Here today we gather to give thanks to almighty God for the faithful ministry and dutiful service The Queen continues to offer God and the people of this Nation, the Overseas Territories and the Realms, and as Head of the Commonwealth.” He had also called on the congregation to pray: “O ETERNAL God, who at the Coronation of Elizabeth our Queen didst set her apart for thy service, anointing her with thy Holy Spirit: grant, we beseech thee, that strengthened by thy seven-fold gifts we may likewise always remain faithful to our calling and active in thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The Archbishop of Canterbury also spoke and said, “Her Majesty The Queen is servant of the King of Kings and so she serves us as we serve her in liberty under authority.” Various hymns were sung including the same Te Deum Laudamus used for the 1953 coronation. Photos by Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.
THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY TO CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE QUEEN’S CORONATION Part I