Saturday, 2 June 2012

Coronation Celebrations, 1952 - Snapshot Saturdays

The Virgin Islands has been a British territory since the late 1600s.  For Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1952, the capital, Road Town, was decorated with bunting and the celebrations included a parade and enactments representing the various peoples of the Commonwealth.


The view of street decorations along Main Street, Road Town in 1952.


Today, I'm once again participating in Snapshot Saturday which is sponsored by Alyce of At Home With Books! Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.

20 comments:

  1. Great shot. Where'd you find it? Congratulations as you celebrate 60 years under Queen Elizabeth. Here's Mine

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    1. My family has tons of old photos and this was among them. Who took it, I have no idea because none of the pix are labelled and my aunt can't remember.

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  2. So interesting! I love to see your photos.

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  3. It's so hard to believe that it's been 60 years! Now this dates me, but I was in fourth grade during Coronation and watched it on a TV with school mates. The intriguing fact: there were only two students in our class who had TVs...and we watched the coronation at one of those classmate's homes.

    When I tell my grandkids about watching the coronation...and about how few TVs were about, they look at me as if I've sprouted alien characteristics...lol

    Thanks for sharing...obviously the nostalgia gripped me.

    Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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  4. I wasn't around for the coronation but I was in primary school when she came on her second trip to the VI and I remember we had to wear these little foam-type hats and we were given little flags to wave. Oddly, I remember the hats better than I remember seeing her.

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  5. How fun to see that snapshot of history!

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  6. What a neat photo! Interesting to see how they celebrated the coronation.

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  7. That's a real glimpse of the past. What is the town like now? And is it celebrating this jubilee? I've been taking pictures in a bluebell wood http://chriscross-thebooktrunk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/witches-woods-and-saturday-snapshots.html

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    1. Actually, it hasn't changed a whole lot since then - not the Main Street part, anyway. I'll post a pix soon so you can compare.

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  8. How fun that you have a photo from the coronation year. It'll be interesting to hear from you (see pictures, maybe?) how the celebration goes during the Jubilee.

    Here's my Snapshot.

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    1. I'll try to get some good snaps on Monday!

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  9. What a completely fitting picture to share with us this week! God Save your Queen! She really is a remarkable woman and has been such a stalwart and dignified monarch ... I hope you're having a tea party to honor her!

    I don't suppose you saved your 'little foam hat' ... ha! I think that's neat that that's the big thing you remember about her visit!

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    1. The police, service organizations and schools will be marching on Monday and there'll be a ceremony - would be great if they served tea, iced tea! It's very hot!

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  10. I have been watching the TV specials in celebrations. Neat photograph.

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  11. I love that you posted this photo this weekend.
    A friend and I were born one day apart in 1952 so we are calling this our diamond Jubilee!

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    1. haha! Don't you be trying to steal the Queen's thunder now! lol!

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  12. Historians love to find old photos. Diamond jubillee is a milestone. My wife and I love to look at old photos-our life story and almost on the same sense we are historians.

    Of course, the jubilee is the part of your country's history and life story. And you can write the story.

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  13. Wow, 60 years. Remarkable.

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