In pictures: 60 years since the Queen's Coronation

The Queen leaving Westminster Abbey after her Coronation in 1953 and today's anniversary service Photo: PAArchive/Press Association

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended a service at Westminster Abbey today to mark the 60th anniversary since she was crowned.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports.

Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation took place on the 2nd June 1953 after her accession to the throne after her father King George VI died aged 56.

The Queen smiling on the day of her Coronation.

An estimated 3 million people braved the rain and lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of her Queen as she made her way to Westminster Abbey.

Today, the crowds outside the abbey may have been much smaller but their affection for her no less.

Crowds gathered in central London for the Queen's Coronation, and well-wishers outside Westminster Abbey today. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association

In 1953, the Queen arrived for her Coronation accompanied by a large entourage which included six Maids of Honours.

For her 60th anniversary service, she arrived with the Duke of Edinburgh and was welcomed by the Dean of Westminster Abbey John Hall.

The Queen pictured making her way into the Abbey in 1953 and for the 60th anniversary service. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association

There were more than 8000 guests in attendance for the Coronation, while a 2,000 strong congregation attended the anniversary service.

Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill attends the Queen's Coronation, PM David Cameron gives a reading at the anniversary service. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association

Sixty years on, more than 20 members of the Royal Family gathered to mark the Coronation anniversary.

Alongside the Queen was the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie,and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, were also in attendance.

The Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in 1953, and members of the Royal Family in 2013. Credit: PAArchive/Press Association

Several notable items from the Coronation were placed in the Abbey for the service.

The majestic St Edward's Crown - with which the Queen was crowned - rested on the High Altar.

It was the first time the heavy, solid gold, jewel encrusted crown left the Tower of London since the 1953.

The Queen wears the St Edward's Crown at her Coronation, and it is displayed during the anniversary service, Credit: PAArchive/Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

During his address at the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby paid tribute to the Queen's "whole-hearted commitment and faithfulness".

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher, next to the Queen during her Coronation, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association

The actress Claire Skinner paid homage to the Queen, reading The Throne, written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (b 1955).

Claire Skinner reads The Throne in homage to the Queen. Credit: Press Association

The crown translates a woman to a Queen - endless gold, circling itself, an O like a well, fathomless, for the years to drown in - history's bride,anointed, blessed, for a crowning.

One head alone can know its weight, on throne, in pageantry, and feel it still, in private space, when it's lifted: not a hollow thing, but a measuring; no halo, treasure, but a valuing; decades and duty.

Time-gifted, the crown is old light, journeying from skulls of kings to living Queen. Its jewels glow, virtues; loyalty's ruby,blood-deep; sapphire's ice resilience; emerald evergreen; the shy pearl, humility. My whole life, whether it be long or short, devoted to your service. Not lightly worn.

The Queen leaving Westminster Abbey after her Coronation, Royal Family members and the Queen leaving the anniversary service Credit: PAArchive/Press Association