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  • Coronation Silver Cigarette Case

    An unusual commemorative English sterling silver cigarette case by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company Limited of Regent Street, with their makers & retailers marks, and hallmarked London 1936. Beautifully engraved with the coronation route for George VI (both the procession to Westminster Abbey and then the state procession back to Buckingham Palace).

    Dimensions (when closed): 4½/11.5 cm x 3¼/8.25 cm x ⅜ inch/1 cm (thick)


    After the abdication of Edward VIII plans for a coronation continued with minimal disruption, just for a different monarch, George VI. At the meeting of the coronation committee after the abdication "no reference was made at all to the change of sovereign, everything immediately being assumed to have been done for the new king."
    Procession to the abbey:
    Before the coronation ceremony begins, there is traditionally a lengthy procession to the abbey. The procession left Buckingham Palace and headed up The Mall, though Admiralty Arch, and down Whitehall, before entering Westminster Abbey.
    State Procession to Buckingham Palace:
    As in the 1902 and 1911 events, the coronation was followed by a procession through London's streets from Westminster Abbey to the Royal residence, allowing the public to view the new king and queen. In 1937, this return route was extended significantly. From Westminster Abbey, it passed around Parliament Square and up the Victoria Embankment (where 40,000 schoolchildren were waiting) and then along Northumberland Avenue, into Trafalgar Square, up Cockspur Street through to Pall Mall; from there, the procession went up St James' Street, joining Piccadilly, then up Regent Street, then west along Oxford Street, before turning past Marble Arch and then down East Carriage Road, alongside Hyde Park; from there, the procession passed through Hyde Park Corner and then through Wellington Arch, on to Constitution Hill and then back into Buckingham Palace.
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