Rationing and Revelry: The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Rationing and Revelry The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II The Britain which Queen Elizabeth II first began to rule over sixty years ago has changed beyond all recognition Rationing and Revelry describes the Coronation of when Britain was still suffer

  • Title: Rationing and Revelry: The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
  • Author: Janie Hampton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Britain which Queen Elizabeth II first began to rule, over sixty years ago, has changed beyond all recognition Rationing and Revelry describes the Coronation of 1953, when Britain was still suffering from the effects of World War Two, a country remembered for its bomb sites and rationing, Spam and black and white TV.The Coronation Day itself included pageantry, rainThe Britain which Queen Elizabeth II first began to rule, over sixty years ago, has changed beyond all recognition Rationing and Revelry describes the Coronation of 1953, when Britain was still suffering from the effects of World War Two, a country remembered for its bomb sites and rationing, Spam and black and white TV.The Coronation Day itself included pageantry, rain, a Golden Coach, television coverage for the first time, street parties, the Queen of Tonga, bunting, camping outside Buckingham Palace, Union jacks and countless home baked cakes In Britain, people gathered in homes and village halls to celebrate, while in Europe, Canada and the United States millions watched the first coronation ever to be broadcast.Through interviews and the use of contemporary diaries and letters, Janie Hampton has created a riveting portrait of that historic day Told from the people s point of view, Rationing and Revelry is social history at its very best, brilliantly capturing a Britain that has long since disappeared Discover how Noel Coward, Evelyn Waugh, Philip Pullman and Helene Hanff dukes, earls, gas lamp lighters and sewage workers all spent June 2, 1953.

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    1. I enjoyed this Kindle Single, which was longer than many I've read and thus felt more like a "real" book. I wasn't left wishing there'd been more. Elizabeth's coronation day has been written about many, many times, of course, but I liked this author's approach, in which she first gave a bit of historical background on the state of things in post-war England and its colonies (rationing still in place, bombed-out streets still very much in evidence, etc.) and then focused in on the day itself. The [...]

    2. This interesting and relatively short monograph includes both details of the coronation itself and quotes from a variety of people as they look back to that time. Bits and pieces of British culture are scattered throughout (a great many of which, as an Anglophile US citizen, I didn't know), and the interest in the televised event by other parts of the world is covered as well. The book is a quick read and is largely organized chronologically, including a chapter on the princess's first 26 years. [...]

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