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Vintage Queen Elizabeth 1953 Coronation Handkerchief

Vintage Queen Elizabeth 1953 Coronation Handkerchief

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A charming find from the markets of England, this lovely trio of handkerchiefs was produced to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. This set of three fine cotton handkerchiefs are hand-embroidered with crossed Union Jack flags along with The Queen's initials and the coronation year: 1953.

This sweet set makes the perfect addition to your vintage coronation collection, or the ideal gift for the Anglophile in your life. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good, unused vintage condition with subtle signs of discoloration to the handkerchiefs due to age. The presentation box is in very rough condition as shown in the alternate images. Box Measures 7"x7". Handkerchiefs measure 10" square when unfolded.

Learn More About Queen Elizabeth's Coronation

“Sirs, I here present unto you Queen Elizabeth, your undoubted Queen...”  

"God save Queen Elizabeth!"  

Queen Elizabeth II was born the first child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Albert, or as the world came to know him, King George VI. Prince Albert, the Duke of York, was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. When King George V passed in 1936, Prince Albert served and reigned as King George VI, King of the United Kingdom.

As his health declined in 1951, Elizabeth started to assume the presence of her father King George VI at various public events. In October of that year, Elizabeth toured Canada and the United States, carrying with her a draft accession declaration in the event of the King’s passing. In early 1952, Elizabeth and her husband Philip set out to tour Australia, New Zealand and Kenya. On February 6 1952, Elizabeth had returned to her Kenyan home when she had heard the news - King George VI had passed and she was in line to serve as Queen. Ruling under the regal name, Queen Elizabeth II, she and her husband, who had become the Duke of Edinburgh, reigned over all of the United Kingdom, taking residence in Buckingham Palace.

Although the newly ascended monarch was officially proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II, her coronation ceremony was held more than a year after her accession. True to tradition, celebrations such as a coronation were not considered appropriate during a time of mourning - both King George VI and her grandmother, Queen Mary, had passed within the months leading to her coronation. As stated in her will, Queen Mary was firm in her statement regarding the planning and coronation of Elizabeth II, stating her death should not interfere with the planning of the ceremony. It was on June 2, 1953 when Elizabeth received her coronation ceremony in the promise to uphold the laws of her nations and govern the Church of England.

Adorned with the Imperial State Crown and holding a scepter with the cross and orb, Elizabeth had officially become Queen of the United Kingdom. As she made her way out of the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, the crowd proudly sang “God Save the Queen”.

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