Coronations have always been great state occasions, attracting enormous interest and always recorded by artists. They took place in Westminster Abbey with a lavish coronation banquet held in Westminster Hall. The earliest coronation represented in the Collection is that of James II in 1685.
The most magnificent and costly coronation banquet held in the Hall was for King George IV in 1821. The occasion was celebrated in a series of illustrations by George Naylor, which documented very fully the day’s proceedings.
Subsequent Monarchs decided against such extravagance. For Queen Elizabeth II a coronation luncheon was held in Westminster Hall in May 1953.