Invite to Queen’s 60th anniversary coronation service


Were you born on June, 2, 1953 - the day that Queen Elizabeth II was crowned following the death of her father King George VI the previous year?

If so, then you could find yourself at the Westminster Abbey service of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation on June 4 this year. 38 coronations have been held there since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066.

The Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire has three pairs of tickets for the service to distribute and he has decided to try and find three people from the county who were born on Coronation Day 1953.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and members of the Royal Family are all due to attend the service.

If your birthday happens to have fallen on the same day as the Queen’s coronation and you would like the opportunity to be part of this summer’s historic anniversary celebration, then contact the Lord Lieutenant’s office before April 12. You will need to produce a copy of your birth certificate to verify that the dates match and if there are more than three people with the same birthday then the names will need to be drawn out of a hat.

Contact: or phone 01890 840301.

For those who do not qualify for a possible place at the Westminster Abbey service there is always the chance to take part in the Coronation Festival, which is scheduled for July 11-14 in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. The festival will be open to members of the public who can buy a ticket for either the daytime event or the Gala evening of entertainment - a celebration of music and dance over the past 60 years.