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Mount Everest and the Queen's Coronation

Mount Everest and the Queen's Coronation

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain at 8850 metres. It was named after George Everest (1790-1866), the surveyor general of India. British expeditions had attempted to climb Mount Everest eleven times in 30 years.

On the 10 March 1953, 362 porters 20 Sherpa guides and a team of 13 departed from Katmandu on a bid to reach the summit before the monsoon storms of the season arrived. 80 days later on 1 June 1953, the eve of the Queen’s coronation Colonel John Hunt relayed to the palace “All is well” and so Queen Elizabeth was presented with a unique coronation gift.

On 2nd June 1953 hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets to see the gold stage coach pass by, while an estimated 20 million crowded round scarce TV sets to get a closer view. Street parties were held with an atmosphere and scale that had never been seen before or since. It was the first time that a coronation had ever been televised. The Queen inherited the throne in 1952 but was not crowned until 1953.

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