The coronation took place on 2 June 1953 to an audience of 27 million watching on television and a further 11 million listening on the radio. We spoke to Chelsea Pensioner Fred Richardson, who was one of the lucky few to witness the coronation procession in person.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea has provided a home for thousands of soldiers in their old age for 300 years. To find out about becoming a corporate patron or for fundraising initiatives, please visit the website.