Title ID 3751Collection ID74
TitleElizabeth is Queen
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
KeywordsCelebrations Ceremonies Commemorative Events Coronations Cultural Events Royalty Urban Areas
LocalBrighton London
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAssociated British Pathé
ParticipantsQueen Elizabeth II
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration5 min. 25 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


HCR: An Associated British Pathé film commemorating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The film contains images of the streets and parks of Brighton bedecked in bunting, and of the Coronation itself, as well as shots of London at night.


The film opens with images of Brighton's public spaces. Flower beds, shop windows and streets all proclaim the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, with bunting, banners and flags adding colour and vitality to the urban space.

The carriage carrying Princess Elizabeth on Coronation Day is filmed leaving Buckingham Palace - it is next seen outside Westminster Abbey where the future Queen disembarks. The Princess walks with down the aisle with her entourage, before being crowned.

London is filmed at night. Flares and electric lights light the streets. In Piccadilly Circus the colourfully lit advertising boards advertise numerous products including Wrigley's Chewing Gum and Gordon's Gin.

Contextual information

[Note: the Brighton scenes are not on the "official" Pathé version of the film.]