Stunning images show Malta mark Coronation Day 80 years ago

These stunning images show Malta celebrating a very special event 80 years ago.

The streets of Valletta were decorated with hundreds of banners and flags in May 1937 for the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the current Queen’s parents.

A programme of royal events lasted nearly the entire month to commemorate the historic occasion.

The first week saw receptions at San Anton Palace, while a State Banquet was held at the Palace in Valletta.

The weeks following the Coronation saw more public spectacles, including special events for children at the Manoel Theatre and a huge procession of soldiers, sailors, nurses, scouts and girl guides through Floriana and Valletta.

The collection from the UK National Archives at Kew in London also features beautifully decorated streets, showing how Malta went to town to mark the special day.

King George VI remain on the throne until his death in 1952.

Shop owners decorate their stores on Kingsway in Valletta


Large crowds line the streets of Valletta for the Coronation parade



Brass bands gather in Castille Square to perform for the Maltese public


VIPs gather at San Anton Gardens in Attard for the Coronation Garden Party


Gallons of tea are drunk at the Governor’s Garden Party at San Anton Gardens




Kingsway in Valletta is decorated like never before for the Coronation of King George VI


Children enjoy a show at the Manoel Theatre to celebrate the Coronation


A grand State Dinner is held at the Palace in Valletta to celebrate the occasion


Floats with a royal theme take part in a procession past the Palace in Valletta


Scouts, girl guides, the Royal Navy and the Army join a huge procession past the Palace


A special Coronation Day Mass is held at St John’s Co-Cathedral


Read more: National Archives, London

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