On the morning of 2 June 1953, 3 million people lined the streets between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to witness the procession of the Gold State Coach. Millions more crowded around newly bought television sets to watch the investiture of Britain's youngest sovereign since Queen Victoria. For many, the Coronation represented the beginning of a new age. It was a time for optimism and innovation that the press termed 'the new Elizabethan era'.