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Ceremony Collection

Background imageCeremony Collection: Poster for Welsh Guards

Poster for Welsh Guards
Smart men wanted to join the Welsh Guards, pictured here in full uniform during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at St. James Palace

Background imageCeremony Collection: Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth

Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth
Tsai Shen Yeh is a Chinese God of wealth (often also called Lu Shing or The Star God of Wealth). Images of the God can be seen in many Chinese and oriental houses and buildings

Background imageCeremony Collection: Selassie Crowned / 1930

Selassie Crowned / 1930
The newly crowned emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, accompanied by his youngest son, carries the orb and sceptre after the coronation ceremony in Addis Ababa

Background imageCeremony Collection: Princess Elizabeth - Attending the Trooping of the Colour

Princess Elizabeth - Attending the Trooping of the Colour
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) (1926-2022) - Attending the Trooping of the Colour - Taking the Salute. Date: circa 1952

Background imageCeremony Collection: First Remembrance Day 1919

First Remembrance Day 1919
On 11th November 1919, the first anniversary of Armistice day, the Britsh nation, in reponse to an invitation by King George V

Background imageCeremony Collection: Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Background imageCeremony Collection: Lifeguards on horseback, Horse Guards Parade, London

Lifeguards on horseback, Horse Guards Parade, London
Lifeguards on horseback in Horse Guards Parade, London. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageCeremony Collection: The Coronation Regalia of Britain

The Coronation Regalia of Britain
The various pieces of regalia used during the Coronation ceremonies of British Kings and Queens. 1. St. Edwards Crown, 2. The Imperial State Crown, 3. Prince of Wales coronet, 4

Background imageCeremony Collection: Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey

Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey
A panoramic view inside Westminster Abbey to show the position, movements and sequence of ceremonies (indicated by numbers) of the Coronation ceremony of King George VI. Date: 1937

Background imageCeremony Collection: H. M. Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping the Colour

H. M. Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping the Colour
H.M.Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping the Colour Date: 1960s

Background imageCeremony Collection: Queen Elizabeth II salutes

Queen Elizabeth II salutes
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh salute at the gates of Buckingham Palace, at the close of the Trooping of the Colour ceremony. 1953

Background imageCeremony Collection: Coronation Procession, 1953

Coronation Procession, 1953
Double page spread artists impression of the Coronation procession of Queen Elizabeth II showing the various military and ceremonial representatives of the UK and Commonwealth

Background imageCeremony Collection: Officers of Arms of the Heralds College, 1952

Officers of Arms of the Heralds College, 1952
Participants in the Coronation Ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. The Officers of Arms of the Heralds College (l to r): Bluemantle, J A Frere; Windsor Herald, R P Graham-Vivian; Richmond Herald

Background imageCeremony Collection: The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour

The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour
circa 1910s

Background imageCeremony Collection: HRH Queen Elizabeth II - Trooping of the Colour

HRH Queen Elizabeth II - Trooping of the Colour
The Queen attending the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in her Coronation year, seen here riding to Horse Guards Parade on her official birthday to take the salute of the Brigade of Guards

Background imageCeremony Collection: Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary

Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary consort, George V wearing the Imperial State Crown, and Royal Purple Robe of State

Background imageCeremony Collection: Coronation 1937 - cutaway of Westminster Abbey

Coronation 1937 - cutaway of Westminster Abbey
Magnificent, highly detailed cutaway illustration of Westminster Abbey, with the Northern walls removed to show the interior seating arrangements and the positions occupied by King George VI

Background imageCeremony Collection: Queen Elizabeth II is crowned

Queen Elizabeth II is crowned
The moment during the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II where the Archbishop of Canterbury places St Edwards crown on the Queens head. Date: 1953

Background imageCeremony Collection: Olympics / 1936 / Hindenburg

Olympics / 1936 / Hindenburg
The Hindenburg flies over the opening ceremony. Date: 1936

Background imageCeremony Collection: The Coronation of the Shah of Iran

The Coronation of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980). On 26th October 1967, twenty-six years into his reign as Shah (" King" )

Background imageCeremony Collection: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
General view of the State Procession down the Nave led by H. M. The Queen, flanked by her Maids of Honour after the Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. 1953

Background imageCeremony Collection: The Imperial State Crown

The Imperial State Crown
A painting showing the Imperial State Crown which was made for Queen Victorias Coronation and was the only crown used in the ceremony. Date: 1838

Background imageCeremony Collection: The Queen arrives in Westminster Abbey (Coronation 1953)

The Queen arrives in Westminster Abbey (Coronation 1953)
Accompanied by the Bishops of Bath and Wells and Durham, Queen Elizabeth II moves up Westminster Abbey, passing the throne. Date: 1953

Background imageCeremony Collection: Yeoman Warders of the Tower

Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London on parade outside the keep of the White Tower. Uniform has remained unchanged since the reign of Edward VI

Background imageCeremony Collection: Longest Day at Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Longest Day at Stonehenge, Wiltshire
People gathering at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on the longest day of the year, on or near 21 June 1912. This photograph shows a daybreak pilgrimage by members of The Universal Bond of the Sons of Men

Background imageCeremony Collection: Queen Victoria opening Parliament 1886

Queen Victoria opening Parliament 1886
Queen Victoria opening Parliament, Lord Chancellor Baron Halsbury reading the Queens speech at Westminster Palace, London. Date: 21st January 1886

Background imageCeremony Collection: Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, 1920

Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, 1920
Four sentries stand with heads bowed at the grave of the unknown soldier following the ceremony in Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day, 11 November 1920. 1920

Background imageCeremony Collection: Initiation of a freemason

Initiation of a freemason
The initiation ceremony of a freemason (central detail); watercolour in the Musee du Grand Orient de France de la Franc-Maconnerie Europeene. Date: 19th Century

Background imageCeremony Collection: Daily Sketch front cover - 1953 Coronation

Daily Sketch front cover - 1953 Coronation
Front cover of the Daily Sketch magazine from June 3rd 1953, the day after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with a photograph of the duke of Edinburgh paying homage to his wife after the ceremony

Background imageCeremony Collection: George V and Mary, Coronation Durbar, Delhi, India

George V and Mary, Coronation Durbar, Delhi, India
King George V and Queen Mary sitting on their imperial thrones on the day following the Coronation Durbar ceremony in Delhi, India

Background imageCeremony Collection: Tomando Mate - Argentina

Tomando Mate - Argentina
Gaucho taking mate in Argentina. Tomando mate or " taking mate, " is a cultural practice, which refers literally to drinking a semi-bitter herbal infusion of crushed yerba mate leaves in

Background imageCeremony Collection: Marriage of Henry Tudor

Marriage of Henry Tudor
The wedding ceremony of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York united the Houses of York and Lancaster

Background imageCeremony Collection: Abbe Julio Exorcises

Abbe Julio Exorcises
A French renegade priest and practising magician, the Abbe Julio, performs a ceremony of exorcism in his private chapel

Background imageCeremony Collection: Chalice with a paten. Vermeil. 20th century. Cabot workshop

Chalice with a paten. Vermeil. 20th century. Cabot workshop, Barcelona, 1913. Treasure of the Cathedral of Barcelona

Background imageCeremony Collection: Japan - Geisha Girl bows to a samurai warrior - New Year

Japan - Geisha Girl bows to a samurai warrior - New Year Ceremony Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCeremony Collection: George V presenting colours to Irish Guards

George V presenting colours to Irish Guards
King George V presenting new colours to the Irish Guards at Buckingham Palace

Background imageCeremony Collection: The Great Western Railway service from Penzance

The Great Western Railway service from Penzance
The inaugural trip of the Great Western Railway service from Penzance. The new express service, which shortens the journey by forty minutes

Background imageCeremony Collection: Reception of Apprentice

Reception of Apprentice
An blindfolded apprentice is received into a French Masonic Lodge : he bares his right leg as part of the ceremony

Background imageCeremony Collection: Rakes Progress 5

Rakes Progress 5
The Rakes Progress 5. A marriage ceremony

Background imageCeremony Collection: The Scots Guards marching to a State Ceremonial

The Scots Guards marching to a State Ceremonial
The Scots Guards - The Regiment marching to a State Ceremonial. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCeremony Collection: French Basque wedding

French Basque wedding
The delivery of the future spouses furniture to the Bridegrooms house. Date: circa 1908

Background imageCeremony Collection: Art Deco Wedding

Art Deco Wedding
Fashion design for an elegant wedding group. The brides dress is made from white brocade and satin. Bridesmaid wears a grey trimmed dress as does a wedding guest

Background imageCeremony Collection: Gipsy Wedding

Gipsy Wedding
A gipsy wedding at Baildon, Yorkshire. The King of the Gipsies in England, Petulengro performs the ceremony, cutting the hands so the blood of both can unite

Background imageCeremony Collection: Freemasons at the Royal Albert Hall

Freemasons at the Royal Albert Hall
The installation of his Royal Highness Albert Edward, Prince of Wales as Grand Master of the freemasons of England at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Background imageCeremony Collection: Central / Union Pacific

Central / Union Pacific
Joining of the Central and Union Pacific; the formal ceremony of driving the last spike at Promontory Point, Utah

Background imageCeremony Collection: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony
A Japanese lady makes the preparations for the elaborate tea ceremony

Background imageCeremony Collection: Druids

Druids lunar ceremony

Background imageCeremony Collection: Opening of the Mersey Tunnel - Liverpool

Opening of the Mersey Tunnel - Liverpool Date: 1934



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