Courtesy 1953 Official Souvenir Program

Coronation“OUR GRACIOUS QUEEN: To keep Your Majesty ever mindful of the Law and the Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom; this is the Royal Law: these are the Lively Oracles of God….”

‘O God, Who providest for Thy People by Thy power, and rulest over them in love: grant unto this Thy servant Elizabeth, our Queen. . . . That being devoted unto Thee with her whole heart, she may so wisely govern, that in her time Thy Church may be in safety, and Christian devotion may continue in peace….’

‘O Lord, and heavenly Father, the exalter of the humble and the strength of Thy Chosen, Who by anointing with oil didst of old make and consecrate Kings, Priests and Prophets, to teach and govern Thy people Israel: bless and sanctify Thy Chosen Servant Elizabeth. . . . And as Solomon was Anointed King . so be thou anointed, blessed and consecrated Queen over the peoples whom the Lord thy God hath given thee to rule and govern….’

‘Receive this Orb set under the Cross, and remember that the whole world is subject to the power and empire of Christ our Redeemer.’

‘Receive the Ring of kingly dignity, … and as you are this day consecrated to be our Head and Prince, so may you continue steadfastly as the Defender of Christ’s Religion; that being rich in faith and blessed in all good works, you may reign with Him Who is the King of kings, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.’