2 The Queen's Coronation 1953 and the Children's Coronation





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Published on Jun 30, 2008

A Children's Coronation is planned for 2nd June 2013 in Truro Cathedral Cornwall

On 3rd June 2002, for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in St Just in Roseland and St Mawes, Cornwall, the children of St Mawes Primary School re-enacted, in great detail, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which had taken place on 2nd June 1953.

People from all sections of the village community were involved in the preparations, as many genuine "true Cornish" as keen resident incomers. The youngest child was four and the oldest helper 91 years old that very day.

The Queen was portrayed by Sophie Petrucci, the Archbishop of Canterbury by Easton Lelean and the Dean by Henry Rosewall, all just ten years old. The fine Cornish voice of the The Archbishop of Canterbury was that of former head teacher Jeanette Andrew, and the voice of Wynford Vaughan Thomas was that of Charles Burrows. Members of St Mawes Players and the Roseland Gig Club took the principal adult roles.

Much use was made of recycled materials courtesy of the Scrap Store. The wheels of the coach were made from cable drum ends and the decorative moulding from pipe lagging and masking tape. The Crown Jewels are of course the genuine article.

Her Majesty The Queen was sent a two hour video of the whole of the celebrations and having watched it sent us a fine congratulatory letter.

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