HM Queen Elizabeth II
Royal Review of the Fleet 15-June-1953 

Description Following the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday 02-June, HM Ships began to assemble at Spithead on 08-June for the Coronation Review of the Fleet at Spithead.

Foreign warships began to join the assembly on 10-June, with the entire assembly complete by Friday 12-June.

The Review began on Monday 15-June at 0800hrs when her Majesty received the Board of Admiralty and selected Senior Officers on board the Royal Yacht HMS Surprise. Following the arrival of members of the Royal Family at Portsmouth in the afternoon and their embarkation in HMS Surprise the review vessels left South Railway Jetty for Spithead at 1500hrs. With Surprise entering the Review lines at 1530hrs.

Having passed through the Fleet, Surprise anchored at the end of E line shortly after 1700hrs.

At 1735hrs a Fly Past of Naval Aircraft took place, after which some members of the Royal Family left to return to London.

At 2230hrs an Illumination of the Fleet began and at 2240hrs a fireworks display began.

The Fleet Illumination ended at 12 midnight.

The following morning a final Royal Salute was fired by the Fleet, with Her Majesty disembarking from HMS Surprise at 0920hrs to return to London by train.

When the Royal Standard was struck in HMS Surprise a Royal Salute was fired by the Naval Saluting Battery and the Fleet began to disperse.

In addition to the warships listed below, 16 Foreign Navies were represented. About 49 merchant and other vessels also took part.


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HM Ships
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Acheron  Adamant  Aeneas  Agincourt  Aisne 
Alaric  Alaunia  Ambush  Amphion  Anchorite 
Apollo  Artemis  Artful  Astute  Auriga 
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Barfleur  Barrosa  Battleaxe  Bicester  Black Prince (RNZN)
Boxer  Bramble  Brocklesby  Burghead Bay   
Cadiz  Caistor Castle  Camperdown  Carisbrooke Castle  Chameleon 
Cheerful  Cleopatra  Contest  Cook  Coquette 
Corunna  Creole  Crispin  Crossbow  Cygnet 
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Decoy  Defender  Delhi (IN) Devonshire  Diamond 
Dido  Duchess       
Eagle  Enard Bay       
Fierce  Finisterre  Fleetwood  Flint Castle  Forth 
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Gambia  Glasgow       
Hedingham Castle  Helmsdale       
Illustrious  Implacable  Indefatigable  Indomitable   
Jhelum (RPN)  Jutland       
Knaresborough Castle         
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Laertes  La Hulloise (RCN)  Largo Bay  Launceston Castle  Leeds Castle 
Loch Ruthven  Loch Veyatie       
Magnificent (RCN) Magpie  Maidstone  Manxman  Marvel 
Melbreak  Meon  Mermaid  Montclare  Myngs 
Obdurate  Obedient  Ontario (RCN)  Orcadia  Orwell 
Peacock  Perseus  Pickle  Plover  Plucky 
Pluto  Protector       
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Quebec (RCN)         
Ranjit (Indian N)  Rattlesnake  Redpole  Relentless  Rifleman 
Rinaldo  Rocket  Roebuck     
St. James  St. Kitts  Sanguine  Savage  Scorcher 
Scorpion  Scotsman  Scott  Sea Devil  Seascout 
Seneschal  Sentinel  Sharpshooter  Sheffield  Sidon 
Sioux (RCN)  Solebay  Springer  Starling  Start Bay 
Superb  Surprise  Swansea (RCN)  Swiftsure  Sydney (RAN) 
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Talent  Tally Ho  Tenacious  Teredo  Termagant 
Thermopylae  Theseus  Tintagel Castle  Tir (Indian N)  Tireless 
Token  Totem  Tradewind  Trafalgar  Tyrian 
Vanguard  Venus  Verulam  Virago   
Welcome  Welfare  Wessex  Widemouth Bay  Woodbridge Haven 
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Zephyr  Zulfiquar (RPN)       
RFA Ships
Amherst  Black Ranger  Eddy Bay  Fort Dunvegan  Olna 
FAA Squadrons
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738 750 759 766 771
776 781 796 800 802
803 804 806 809 812
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825 826 849 871 881
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This page last edited - 05 March, 2013.

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