Beauty inside

A look at Ruth Lyons’ reporting on Queen Elizabeth’s coronation

Queen Elizabeth IIThe reign of Cincinnati spanned more than 70 years, from 1952 to 2022. And in 1953, Cincinnati’s beloved television queen, Ruth Lyonstraveled to London to attend the coronation.

Lyons was a pioneer in daytime television. His show, “The 50-50 Club” on WLWT-TV, was the highest-rated daytime show from 1952 to 1964. But it was a bit of luck that earned him an invitation to the royal ceremony.

The British government has allocated six seats to NBC, including five to the network’s top journalists, according to information from The Enquirer. For the sixth seat, Lyons’ name was chosen from a group of NBC affiliates.

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In addition to filming footage for her program, Lyons served as a correspondent for The Enquirer. Lyons “will talk about his reactions to the royal show – then voice his recorded voice to us for print,” wrote The Enquirer.

Lyons, accompanied by her husband, Herman Newman, and their daughter Candyregularly sent back dispatches on his journey, visiting the festive shops of Regent Street and the ruins of German bombings of London in World War II.

The coronation, which took place on June 2, 1953, was a national event in Britain, although it was difficult for Americans to follow the proceedings due to the time difference. Also, television was still in its infancy. The networks experimented with transoceanic television techniques (this was before the first satellites) and nothing was in color.

But readers could imagine the beauty through Lyons’ reporting.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II from the perspective of Ruth Lyons

Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation on June 2, 1953.

Lyons’ observations gave Enquirer readers a seat inside Westminster Abbey for the coronation.

“It was a moment in history of indescribable color and magnificence – this coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, a moment of fanfare in an almost entirely medieval setting,” Lyons reported. “…The only thing that didn’t have a medieval character was the occasional wristwatches of several lords.”

Some of his descriptions:

“The lovely lady whose picture has graced every British home for the past month, Queen Elizabeth II, has moved into this historic pile of stone for Britain’s glorious ceremony.

“Her dress put all fairy tales to shame, and the ermine-edged train was worn by six of the most beautiful servants in the kingdom.

“The Queen was barely 18, but when the great moment came to take the crown and the royal jewels, she wore them with the royal dignity with which she is endowed.”

After the ceremony, Lyons saw the motorcade:

“Regimental flags fluttered in the damp London air. Splendid horses from all nations of the Commonwealth passed, and carriages of all kinds rolled by. The last was a carriage, something out of ‘Cinderella’, and there, more magnificent than my wildest dreams had imagined, was Her Majesty Elizabeth II, smiling from the depths of red velvet.

“By his side was the handsome Prince Philip, and from their royal coach they received the adoration of their people in a display of Commonwealth solidarity and enthusiasm for a sovereign of royal dignity, charm and beauty. “

The world was a far different place when the Queen was crowned than it was when she died on September 8, 2022. But journalists like Lyons gave everyone a glimpse into the unique beauty of the day.

The Cincinnati Enquirer of June 3, 1953. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.