Prince Charles made history at the Queen’s coronation – and received a special invitation

The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee next weekend, with big events planned across the UK and Commonwealth – but it wasn’t just the monarch who made history at her coronation

The Queen, with her children Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Anne on the balcony of Buckingham Palace all look up as one hundred and sixty-eight fighter jets fly over the Palace in the Royal Air Force Salute to Her Majesty at Westminster Abbey after the Coronation ceremony.
Prince Charles on the balcony with the Queen after the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey

When the former Princess Elizabeth donned her fancy robes and priceless crown for her coronation in 1953, she knew she would go down in history.

But it was her son Prince Charles who actually made history last day when he became the first child to witness his mother’s coronation as sovereign.

His sister, Princess Anne, was not allowed to attend as she was considered too young at two years old.

Queen Elizabeth II is set to celebrate 70 years on the throne with her platinum jubilee next weekend, and excitement is growing.

The royal family announced that Charles had received a special, hand-painted, child-friendly invitation to the ceremony back in 1953.

Charles’ hand-painted invitation featured British guards in traditional bearskin hats playing instruments, as well as a cartoon lion and unicorn, symbols on Queen Elizabeth’s royal coat of arms.

Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after her coronation ceremony with (left to right); Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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“By order of the Queen, the Earl Marshal is instructed to invite His Royal Highness Prince Charles to the coronation,” the invitation read, along with the date.

The Queen’s coronation was the first ceremony to be televised and was watched by over 20 million people at a time when there were only 2.7 million televisions.

The monarch gave some behind-the-scenes insights into her coronation in a BBC documentary series The coronation in 2018.

Revealing her wicked sense of humor, the monarch spoke about the “terrifying” golden state carriage she rode around London in and the potential dangers of wearing her heavy crown.

During an episode of the Royal Rota podcast, ITV News royal editor Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson discussed the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen on Coronation Day 1953 with Prince Charles (far right)



Ms Robinson said a very young Prince Charles looked bored during the three-hour service.

She said: “There are some really beautiful details about the Queen’s coronation.

“Prince Charles was the first child to witness his mother’s coronation.

“He was young at the time and there are pictures of him that look a little bored.”

Prince Charles, a four-year-old, bored at his mother the Queen’s coronation in June 1953


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Mr Ship added: “He was basically fed up with the three-hour duty.”

Ms Robinson replied: “Yes, three hours, it was a very long service.

“It was also the first coronation to be televised and I think around 27 million people watched that moment.”

Prince Charles was famously photographed looking rather bored from the celebrations, resting his head on his clenched hand with an apathetic expression while standing between his grandmother the Queen Mother and aunt Princess Margaret.

Prince Charles, however, perked up visibly as he joined his mother on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to onlookers despite the rain clouds after the ceremony and a Royal Air Force flyby over the Mall – a true attention-grabber.

Princess Anne was also present on the balcony, although she did not attend the ceremony.

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