The Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary at Westminster Abbey on this day in 1911, followed by the Procession through London in the Golden State Coach. The King wrote about the day in his diary:
The Service in the Abby was most beautiful and impressive, but it was a terrible ordeal. IT was grand, yet simple & most dignified & went without a hitch. I nearly broke down when dear David came to do homage to me, as it reminded me so much when I did the same thing to beloved Papa, he did it so well. Darling May looked lovely & it was indeed a comfort to have her by my side as she has been ever to me during these last 18 years.”
The following day, King George V and Queen Mary rode in a return procession through London passing along The Strand and into the City of London, past St Paul’s Cathedral, across the River Thames by London Bridge, along Borough High Street, back over Westminster Bridge and finally returning up The Mall to Buckingham Palace in an open landau. They also attended a Luncheon hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at the Guildhall, among a host of glittering Balls, Gala Performances, Garden Parties, and the Coronation Review of the Fleet.
Royal Guests and Relatives included the Prince of Wales, Princess Mary, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Fife, Princess Alexandra, Princess Maud, the Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, The Crown Princess and Crown Prince of Romania, Princess and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, The Duchess and Duke of Argyll, The Duke and Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn, The Crown Princess and Crown Prince of Sweden, The Dowager Duchess of Albany, Princess and Prince Alexander of Teck, The Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess Henry of Battenberg, Princess and Prince Louis of Battenberg, The Duke and Duchess of Teck, Princess Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, The Prince Consort of the Netherlands, The German Crown Prince and Crown Princess, The Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen, Prince Henry of Prussia, The Hereditary Princess and Prince of Hesse, The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine, The Crown Prince of Denmark, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Greece, Prince and Princess George of Greece and Denmark, Princess and Prince Maximilian of Baden, The Crown Prince of the Ottoman Empire, Archduke Karl of Austria, The Duke and Duchess of Aosta, Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia, Infante Ferdinand of Spain, The Crown Prince of Serbia, Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, Prince and Princess Johann Georg of Saxony, Prince and Princess Higashifushimi of Japan, Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath of Siam, Prince Zaizhen of China, Prince Kassa Haile Darge of Ethiopia, Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik of Egypt, The Hereditary Prince of Monaco, the Maharaja of Gwalior, the Maharaja of Idar, the Maharaja of Bikaner, The Hereditary Prince of Hanover, The Grand Duchess and Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover and Cumberland, The Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, The Crown Princess and Crown Prince of Montenegro, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Leopold Clement of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, The Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, The Prince of Tarnovo, Duke Albrecht of Württemberg.