Britain’s royal family gathered at Westminster Abbey Tuesday for a ceremony of pomp and prayer to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
|Official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 by Sir Herbert James Gunn.|
|Official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 2013.|
|St Edward's Crown, one of the world's most famous and valuable objects, was brought to Westminster Abbey for the first time in 60 years.|
|Family event: Queen Elizabeth sits amongst members of the Royal family
close to the altar of the grand Central London church as the service
held in her honour was about to start|
|Traditional: Members of the choir prepare to sing for the monarch, in a
service which included several elements from the Queen's Coronation on
June 2 1953|
Also attending were the queen’s heir, Prince Charles; his sons Prince William — second in line to the throne -and Prince Harry; and William’s wife Catherine, who is due to give birth to their first child next month. The baby will become third in line to the throne.
|Members of the royal family departing Westminster Abbey|
|The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet Prince William's cousin, Zara Phillips.|
|Royal family: (Pictured left to right) Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex walked through the gates at Westminster Abbey wearing wide smiles.|
|The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Westminster Abbey|