The Platinum Jubilee

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after a 70-year reign. The Government Art Collection will celebrate the Jubilee starting this spring, with online content and activities inspired by our public collection. Get involved!

Step back in time with our 1953 Coronation virtual tour

In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, take a virtual walking tour to experience the atmosphere of the coronation day on 2 June 1953. Join parts of the procession route taken by the Queen, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. Along the way, uncover key works from our collection that will allow you to reimagine the day and learn more about the coronation of the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, whether you are in London or at home.

Explore our Coronation works

To celebrate the coronation in 1953, the Ministry of Works commissioned and bought over a hundred works of art and displayed them in an exhibition in Whitehall. Now part of the Government Art Collection, explore how these works from artists like L.S. Lowry, Julian Trevelyan and Laura Knight, capture the day’s festivities.

Take a closer look: Lowry's view of the Coronation

When L.S. Lowry was appointed an official artist at the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, he could not imagine why he was appointed to capture such a grand occasion.

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See what other events are being organised near you at the Platinum Jubilee’s official website.