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Britain Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has marked the 50th anniversary of her coronation with a religious ceremony in London.

Queen Elizabeth returned to Westminster Cathedral and heard the same trumpets that played at her coronation 50 years ago.

The queen wore a primrose dress, a broad-brimmed hat and white gloves for the ceremony, which drew a congregation of about 1,000 people. Most of the royal family was there, except Prince Harry, who stands third in the line of succession. He had to take school exams.

Among the participants were 240 people who attended the 1953 coronation, as well as 34 so-called "coronation babies" who were born on June 2, 1953.

There were special prayers for Queen Elizabeth, and the Reverend Chris Chivers also made note of the queen's role as leader of the 54-nation Commonwealth, made up primarily of former British colonies.

"Oh God, who has made us members of the Commonwealth of Nations, and has banded us together under one queen, grant that we may ever be alert to our great responsibilities," he prayed.

The event was low-key compared with last year's Golden Jubilee festival for the queen's ascension to the throne on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth's coronation ceremony was held the following year.

After the religious service, the queen returned to Buckingham Palace to host a garden party for underprivileged children. Attractions included a 110-year-old carousel and a circus tent.