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KYMonarchist

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Does anyone have the full guest list, and I mean royal guest list, for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation? I want to know if any Egyptian royalty attended.

Also, a somewhat related link I found interesting: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-606417.html

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KYMonarchist

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Does anybody have any information on this? I'd really love to know.
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KYMonarchist

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Does Theodore have anything on this?

And yes, I've tried googling for one, but can't find anything relevant.

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No.  My googling is as good as yours.

I do have an original 1953 souvenir programme as well as a modern volume of the complete liturgy and music, but they do not list guests.  One of my favourite alternate lives is to have been a chorister at the Coronation.  "I" would have needed to have been born around 1940-44 into the sort of family whose son would be likely to become a chorister at Westminster Abbey (though lucky boys from other choirs were also selected).  That would have been glorious.  In fact it seems a major injustice to me that I was not there.  What a programme it was!  (I love every single one of these pieces.)
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II.  The Entrance Into the Church

Psalm CXXII, 1-3, 6, 7

I Was Glad, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

 

VI. The Beginning of the Communion Service

The Introit: Psalm LXXXIV, 9, 10

Behold, O God Our Defender, Herbert Howells (1892-1983) 

The Gradual: Psalm CXLI, 2

Let My Prayer Come Up, William H Harris (1883-1973)

 

VII. The Anointing

I Kings I, 39, 40

Zadok the Priest, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

 

XI. The Putting On of the Crown

Be Strong and of Good Courage, George Dyson (1883-1964)

 

XIV. The Homage

Rejoice in the Lord Alway, John Redford (d 1547) 

O Clap Your Hands, Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

I Will Not Leave You Comfortless, William Byrd (1543-1623)

O Lord Our Governor, Healy Willan (1880-1968)

Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-76) 

 

XV. The Communion

All People That On Earth Do Dwell, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams

Sanctus

Sanctus from Mass in G Minor, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Psalm XXXIV, 8

O Taste and See, Ralph Vaughan Williams 

Gloria in Excelsis

Gloria from Communion Service in B-flat, C V Stanford (1852-1924) 

 

XVI.

Te Deum Laudamus

Coronation Te Deum, William Walton (1902-1983) 



And I could have experienced the Church of England when it still conducted its services according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, maintained an all-male clergy, and all-male cathedral choirs as well. (sigh) OK, end of self-indulgent fantasy...

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Someone who, unlike me, actually was a chorister at the Coronation is James Wilkinson, co-author of Crown & Cloister: The Royal Story of Westminster Abbey which I bought there this summer.  He was 11 in 1953; here is an excerpt from his reminiscences:

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Once in our places...we took in more fully the glorious riot of colour--the vivid ermine-trimmed crimson robes of the peers and peeresses, the blue and gold carpets and, in the quire, the VIPs, among them ambassadors, princes from Ethiopia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, the rulers of Kuwait and Bahrain, and the Sultans of Zanzibar and Perak, many arrayed in gorgeous uniforms with shimmering jewels.  Just below us was the Queen of Tonga who had endeared herself to the public by riding in an open-topped carriage despite the rain.


I also know that in contrast to his wedding there six years previously, Prince Philip's sisters and their husbands were present, as they are pictured exiting the Abbey in Philip Eade's new biography of the Duke of Edinburgh, my copy of which just arrived today.  (I've added birth & death dates.)

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Philip's mother, Alice (1885-1969)...leads his relations out of Westminster Abbey after the coronation in 1953.  After her come Theodora (1906-1969) and Berthold (1906-1963) of Baden and their son Max (b 1933); Margarita (1905-1981) and Friedel (1897-1960) Hohenlohe and their daughter Beatrix (1936-1997); Sophie (1914-2001) and George (1915-2006) of Hanover, and Sophie's daughter Christa (b 1933) of Hesse; and 'Big' George (1869-1957) and Marie Bonaparte (1882-1962).


So, hardly a complete guest list, but a small part of it.



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Here is a London Gazette entry for the coronation. Click through the pages to see people who attended. Pages 10-13 list a lot of foreign royals.

Peter

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Excellent find. We see from page 11 that the infant Fuad II was represented by Sa Seigneurie le Nabil Soliman Daoud. This appears to have been a member of a cadet branch of the Muhammad Ali dynasty. If you go here and search for Suleyman, you will find His Glory Nabil Suleyman Daoud, who I'm presuming is the person in question.
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WOW.
Thanks to you both!


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KYMonarchist

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WOW.
Thanks to you both!


Seconded, and I am so pleased to know the last act of the Pharaohs (an argument supporting this contention to come) was to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Egyptian monarchy was abolished later that same month.

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