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A visit to Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival uncovers tea, cheese and great affection for Queen Elizabeth II

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The many jubilant happenings in the United Kingdom are currently making the British well worthy of a spot on world's social radar and our undivided attention. The arrival of a certain baby may have commanded an unwavering spotlight, but another recent royal event is also worth a mark in the record books. To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60th anniversary on the throne (she was crowned on June 2, 1953) the Coronation Festival was last month held right in the very gardens of Buckingham Palace for the first time. 

Singers belt out war-time tunes by Dame Vera Lynn under the verdant trees in the garden.

Far from being an uptight gathering reserved for beings from the top echelons of society, the Coronation Festival, held from July 11-14, was a breezy affair. The palace gardens were open to the public, who could purchase tickets both for the event in the day and a gala concert in the evening.

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