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Published 14/05/2011 | 05:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves during her Golden Jubilee celebrations
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves during her Golden Jubilee celebrations

I STOOD in the pouring rain on the corner of St James's Street and Piccadilly in front of the Ritz Hotel.

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It was the late afternoon of June 2, 1953, and the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was in procession back from her coronation in Westminster Abbey.

Both the rain and the procession seemed endless.

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