The Earl Marshal's 1953 Gold Staff Officers Reunions
Officers have been on duty at Coronations certainly since that of
George III in
I76I and probably much earlier. They were appointed by successive
of Norfolk, hereditary Earl Marshals, to act as ushers responsible for
admission and seating of the guests at Westminster Abbey.
At Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953, there
were 400 Gold Staff
assist 8000 guests.
50th Anniversary of the Coronation
May 2003 the Queen together with the Duke of Edinburgh joined 50 Gold
Officers appointed by the Earl Marshal in 1953 to celebrate the50th
anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation.
just started to become a professional photographer and was asked by
Remnant to organise and take the group photograph..
I was assisted by
Peter Noble at
that time and we were only allowed to take three shots which was a
task as this was before the days of digital camera
60th Anniversary of the Coronation
passed and thoughts turned to the
sixtieth anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Once again the
Staff Officers, although reduced to 25 number, planned to lunch at the
Lords to mark this event on the 14th June 2013. The surviving Gold
Officers were augmented by the surviving
Pages of Honour and Pages of the Peers in the Queen’s Procession
Abbey. This increased the total number involved in the 60th Celebration
Sadly the Duke of
Edinburgh was unable to
attend due to his illness.
were present and formerly with the Household Division numbered
with all the Regiments of the Household Division represented. This was
only exceeded by the Old Etonians who numbered over twenty.
was asked to take the Group Photograph. This took place in a smaller
room at the House of Lords so Studio lighting was impracticable. I used three Canon Speedlights
wireless controlled with manual
flash settings. however, we were in the digital age now and I had my
Canon 5D MkIII to take the picture.
Assisted , this time by Christine Barrass, we
had to organise and take
the photograph with the minimum of delay .
It was an
unforgettable experience and I am sure you will agree that the Queen
wonderful on this, her special day.
For the record, I am a preferred
photographer at the House of Lords and have extensive Corporate event