On 2 June 1953 the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey, the recipe for the Anointing Oil contains oils of orange, roses, cinnamon, musk and ambergris. Usually a batch is made to last a few Coronations, but in May 1941 a bomb hit the Deanery destroying the phial, so a new batch was made. The Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, aged 81 was the first Queen to see a grandchild ascend to the throne.
On 2 June 1938 the children’s zoo opened at London Zoo by American Ambassador Joe Kennedy’s young sons Teddy and Bobby siblings to John Kennedy
Bow Street was the only police station to have white lights outside instead of the traditional blue – they were ordered by Queen Victoria
The golden flames on top of St. Paul’s lean in the direction the wind was blowing on the night of the Great Fire
In 1637 playwright Ben Jonson was buried upright in Westminster Abbey as he couldn’t afford to pay for a larger space
London’s epic Parliament Square peace protestor (no one else can permanently stay there) Brian Haw, born 1949 stood there since 2 June 2001 until his death in 2011
Harry Potter’s magic luggage trolley sticks out of a wall between platforms 8/9 not 9/10 because J. K.Rowling was thinking of Euston
Until recently Londoners consumed a prodigious amount of champagne, by volume they equalled the entire amount exported by France to America
In the 18th century at the Cat & Mutton, Broadway Market hosted the Soapy Pig Swinging Contest, drovers lathered a pig’s tail and hurled it
The colourful benches on the Southeastern High Speed platform in St Pancras are the five chopped-up Olympic rings once hanging there in 2012
On 2 June 1953 among the many foreign journalists at the Coronation was Jacqueline Bouvier (later America’s First Lady, Jackie Kennedy), who was working for the Washington Times-Herald at the time
On 2 June 1975 London recorded the first time snow fell in London in June, a county cricket match between Essex and Kent played in Colchester was interrupted by the snow
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