Add Your Piece of History… 2nd June

2 Jun
  • On this day in 1953.  Queen Elizabeth II is crowned, millions watch the first televised coronation of a monarch.  She was proclaimed Queen on the 6th of February 1952, following the death of her father, George VI.   The ceremony include the Queen being handed the four symbols of authority – the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies.  After the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, millions of people cheered the 27 year old queen and her husband, the 30 year old Duke of Edinburgh, as they passed along a 5 mile procession route in a gilded horse drawn carriage.
  • On this day in 1965.  The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives by plane in Saigon as Australia takes a more active role in the Vietnam War.  They joined the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade at Bien Hoa air base.  Another contingent of 400 Australian troops would arrive by ship on the 8th of June.  By 1969, Australian forces in Vietnam totalled an estimated 8,000 personnel.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or just general history).

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of ...

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Coronation portrait, June 1953, London, England. Credit: Library and Archives Canada/K-0000047 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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