A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in photos

As the world mourns of the loss of Queen Elizabeth, who died at age 96 at her beloved Balmoral estate in Scotland, we revisit her unforgettable coronation day. 

On June 2, 1953, the then 27-year-old’s life was forever changed. The ceremony and celebration officially began her 70-year reign, a record-setting time on the throne that would later make Queen Elizabeth Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.