Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on the death of her father King George VI. Her official coronation took place on 2nd June 1953. In the photo, councillors, dignitaries, regimental musicians and townspeople of Truro listen to the proclamation. The lady who donated this photograph’s father is the policeman present in the lower left of the photograph. In the background you can see ‘Regent’ signs at the entrance to the Town Hall, illustrating the building’s use as a cinema at the time.