60 years ago today the Queen rode in her (gold coach alert) Gold Coach to be crowned in Westminster Abbey. I wish I'd been there (my mother made me go to school) on that long ago day. I would have cheered and waved with the rest of the crowd. Some lucky people could watch the big day on small black and white TV's as it happened but there was no TV in Australia then. We had to wait a few more years for TV. A film of the Coronation did arrive by air (it took a week to get here) and we could watch it at the pictures (movies) and what a thrill it was. Congratulations on your BIG day Queen Elizabeth II.
Magazines were flooded with patterns for samplers and women became busy with needle and thread. The sampler above was in Stitchcraft magazine May 1953. The transfer for the embroidery had to be sent for and cost 8d.
I have never found where the pattern or transfer came from for this unusual sampler. It combines aspects of Elizabeth 1st with the present Queen.
Tablecloths were popular to stitch and I have many examples but I know there are lots more out there still to be discovered.
This is my favourite and I have yet to take a good photo to display it properly.
Times have changed for some of these countries since the coronation, Australia still has kangaroos so all is well here.
Books and puzzles for children were popular and here you could cut out and make your own procession.
So many small items were made for the coronation. To name and show a few, there were belts, bracelets, broochs, pens, pencils, hair pins. fruit knife and a pen knife. A butter dish at the back and a card with a hanky insert to send to a friend. Buttons, embroidered needle book, matches and match box holder. I have more but there is so much more out there I will never be able to see and collect it all. Sigh!!!!
Cat lover, collector of British Royalty memorabilia, Anglophile,avid reader and cross stitch addict. Keen op shop, market, collector fairs and ebay shopper. Mother of 2, Grandmother of 2 and now am very sad about the loss off my two Birman cats Charlotte and Emily.
Not very tall, not very slim and more bad hair days than good. Don't like cooking or gardening so recipes and gardening hints will never appear on my blog.
To sum me up, think minimalist, I am the opposite.