Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Her Diamond Jubilee

June 2, 2012 | Kathryn

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On June 2nd, Queen Elizabeth marks the anniversary of her coronation and celebrates her sixtieth year as Queen of Great Britain, Canada, and other Commonwealth countries. 

For those interested in the lives of the royals and the spectacle of the coronation, the Toronto Reference Library has a collection of souvenir books and the coronation numbers of English magazines like The Commonwealth Today.  The souvenir books illustrate the crown jewels and regalia and give the history behind the coronation ceremony.  The magazines have lots of photographs of the Queen and the royal procession.The Baldwin Room in Special Collections also has original souvenir  programmes, music, photographs, and scrapbooks chronicling the Queen's coronation.

For a brief background on the Queen's coronation, visit The official website of The British Monarchy.  The Royal Archives have posted the following 3 films, Long To Reign Over Us: Parts 1, 2, and 3, on a webpage entitled, The Accession and Coronation.







The Internet Archive, Library and Archives Canada, has also released a video of The Golden Jubilee Concert of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (June 1, 2003). Documentary footage (below) of 2.  Procession to the Abbey, 4. The Oath, and 10. Putting on the Crown, are just part of the larger concert video and image archives.

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