The Coronation Procession

1 portrait of Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke

The Coronation Procession, by Cecil Beaton, 1953 - NPG D3619 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Coronation Procession

by Cecil Beaton
ink, 1953
16 7/8 in. x 12 1/8 in. (430 mm x 307 mm) paper size
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Reference Collection
NPG D3619


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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 352 portraits.

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Current affairs

A combination of low pressure in the North Sea, hurricane force winds, and high tides result in the Great Flood of 1953. With no warning system many were trapped in their homes as 20-foot waves crashed on the coast; hundreds were killed at sea and on the east coast. John Hunt's British Expedition conquers Everest. News of the achievement reached Britain on the day of Elizabeth's coronation.

Art and science

Frances Crick and James Watson discover the double helix structure of DNA. Uncovering DNA's chemical make-up revolutionised our understanding of the building blocks of life. Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royal. Chad Varah founds 'The Samaritans' helpline.

International

Joseph Stalin dies four days after suffering a stroke. It has been suggested that Stalin was assassinated, as he was denied medical assistance for over a day after he was found; many suspect that he was poisoned. On his death Georgy Malenkov became leader of the Soviet Union.

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