Earlier this week, we tweeted some of the images that we had found across our University and Business Archive collection that related to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. From the University collections we have the invite Sir Hector Hetherington received to attend the coronation on 2nd June 1953 (ref DC008/602). This came from Sir Hector Hetherington‘s own papers which we hold.
In our collection of University photographs there was also a single image of the Coronation in Westminster Abbey (UP9/49/1).
From the Scottish Business Archive we had labels for ale brewed and marketed for the coronation by Thomas & James Bernard Ltd, brewers in Edinburgh.
We also shared this page from the ‘notes on carpets being manufactured by James Templeton & Co Ltd for use in Westminster Abbey at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II’. James Templeton & Co Ltd were very proud of having provided the carpets for the 1911, 1937 and 1953 coronations in Westminster Abbey and they were of “very exceptional fineness”.
Within the Templeton collection, there is also a series of staff magazines – The Templetonian (Ref STOD/201/2/15) and during coronation year there was of course an article about the manufacture and installation of the carpets in their June 1953 issue which you can read as a pdf: Article about coronation from June 1953 Templetonian.
The article has a great image of the carpets being delivered to Westminster Abbey and also some images of the different processes involved in making the carpets from the spinning and dying of the yarn to the weaving and finishing.
The article ends with the following quote:
“And thus were the Coronation carpets made. It has been our privilege to have made them and we shall always remember with pride that our young Queen, on her way to the throne, walked on Templeton carpets woven in Templeton Chenille Axminster – as did her father and grandfather before her.”
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