June

1953: Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation

St James’s Street branch staff watching the Coronation

St James’s Street branch staff watching the Coronation, 1953

Queen Elizabeth's Coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She was watched by 8,000 guests at the service at Westminster Abbey and by millions more all over the world on television.

Lloyds Bank branches were decorated for the occasion. At St James’s Street branch, windows opened up onto stands, directly facing the route of the procession, where lucky staff had grandstand views as the royal carriage passed by. City Office’s banking hall in Lombard Street was decorated with flowers, and a fountain, lit with red, white and blue.

Staff refreshments were provided, and banking business suspended for the day. Employees sat down to watch the lined-up televisions, specially purchased for the occasion.

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