Seated in the Gold State Coach, a 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II greeted the public as it carried her through a historic procession. The year was 2022, and her graced presence was, in fact, a hologram projected for her 70th year on the throne.
On Sunday, the carriage traversed the streets of London while archival footage of a young Queen Elizabeth waving to the crowd on Coronation Day flashed on the windows. The scene reenacts the day she headed from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, and returned as Queen, in this very coach.
A hologramof The Queen cleverly shown sitting and waving in the Gold State Coach pic.twitter.com/nidMWND5eL
— Judith Ince 🇬🇧🏴🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@judithin77) June 5, 2022
The Gold State Coach was designed by King George III’s architectural adviser Sir William Chambers and built by coachmaker Samuel Butler, and was completed in 1762. Turning 260 years old this November, it is the third-oldest surviving coach in the UK. There have been four major restorations throughout its lifetime.
The carriage is adorned with giltwood—gold leaf over wood. Given its hefty weight of four tonnes (8,818 pounds) and height of 3.6 meters (12 feet), it is only reasonably designed to be drawn by eight horses at a walking speed. Eight horses in majestic garb were also part of this number for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
What a wonderful way to open up the #PlatinumJubileePageant 😍 pic.twitter.com/EQ7zEM2vB3
— Platinum Jubilee Pageant (@Jubilee_Pageant) June 5, 2022
A triton figure in gilded walnut wood sits above each wheel, a symbol of “the spreading of the news of good government.” There are also paintings of Roman gods and goddesses overseeing the Arts, Sciences, Virtue, and Security.
The Queen was crowned on June 2, 1953. She was accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh on the coach. As it was an unusually cold day, a hot water bottle was strapped beneath her seat.
🐴 The Royal Mews was a hive of activity earlier today as eight Windsor Greys were put to the Gold State Coach ahead of the #PlatinumJubileePageant.
This is its first outing since The Queen’s Golden Jubilee 20 years ago. #PlatinumJubilee pic.twitter.com/AW0xQzlh95
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 5, 2022