THE “Queen” was crowned at Durham Cathedral as hundreds of children started the Diamond Jubilee weekend in style with a re-enactment of the Coronation.
Arriving at Palace Green in a horse-drawn carriage, “Her Majesty” and “Prince Philip” were welcomed with flags and cheers by nursery children.
Seventy-five children took part in the Coronation as they recreated the main parts from the original service, with Durham Cathedral choristers and trumpeters from Durham School providing the musical accompaniment.
The service was led by the children from 10 schools, including Belmont CE Junior School, Durham High School for Girls, Durham School, Gilesgate Primary School, Neville’s Cross Primary School and the Chorister School.
As well as the principal players wearing costumes, all those attending were dressed either as peers of the realm or as dignitaries, and visitors to the cathedral joined as part of the crowd.
Elizabeth Baker, education officer at Durham Cathedral, said: “The Bishop of Durham is always present at the coronation of a monarch, so we thought this would be a fitting way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
“The schools were all tremendously excited about the re-enactment and we hope that the children had a day they will remember for a long time.”
The ceremony is just one of the celebratory events taking place at Durham Cathedral over the next few days.
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 2), from 11am to 12.30pm, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving attended by the Queen’s representative for County Durham, Lord Lieutenant, Sir Paul Nicholson.
The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham, will lead the service and the Right Reverend Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, is preaching. The Cathedral Choir will sing music written for royal occasions throughout the ages.
On the evening there will be a concert with internationally renowned vocal group The Tallis Scholars, for which tickets, priced between £7 and £30, are available from the Gala Theatre Box Office on 332 4041.