The Queen's Coronation 1953

Hertfordshire Constabulary Provide Mutual Aid

Paul Watts

Published in the Northern Whig on Monday 1st June 1953 under the headline Glimpse Of The Royal Children. 40,000 Clamour For The Queen Outside The Palace: Their great wait to see the Coronation began yesterday at vantage points on the route as hundreds of thousands of sightseers made the day London’s gala Sunday. The crowds were the biggest yet since the decorations appeared and late last night 40,000 people outside Buckingham Palace chanted, “We want the Queen ”, without avail.

A reward for the multitude outside the Palace came when brief glimpses were caught of the Queen’s children just before their bedtime. Princess Anne in a white nightgown, was held up In the arms of a nanny at a top floor window at 6 p.m. Then she was taken off to bed. The crowd surged forward to the gates, cheering and waving. Prince Charles was seen momentarily at another top floor window, laughing and waving frantically with both hands above his head. But, as on his three other brief appearances yesterday he was quickly pulled back out sight. At times the dense crowds were almost Impenetrable, and buses on routes in the area were delayed by up to two hours. There was the unusual spectacle of the sentries at Buckingham Palace marching up and down Inside the railings instead of outside. Their sentry-boxes, too, had to moved Inside.

Sir Winston Churchill, after taking the salute at a Coronation parade of auxiliary forces youth services in his constituency at Woodford (Essex), drove back through the gaily decorated streets of the city.

Unrecognized by thousands of eager onlookers was Princess Alice of Greece, the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother, who, wearing her sombre grey nun’s habit, was driven into the Palace early in the evening.

The essentially religious aspect of the Coronation had not been forgotten yesterday, Trinity Sunday, and loyal subjects of all denominations had crowded their places of worship from the great cathedrals to the picturesque village churches.

Provincial police coming into London yesterday to assist in the Coronation arrangements Included 525 from Liverpool and Preston. 300 from Cheshire, Manchester and Burnley. 160 from Wales and 220 from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

According to Neil Osborn in his book on the occasion of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, a contingent of seventy-three regular officers and one Special Constable under the command of Superintendent Frank Dale were sent to London to aid the Metropolitan Police. Ten days later 100 men from Hertfordshire lined the route of her Majesty’s ceremonial drive from London to Windsor at Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire.

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