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- Committee for the Exhibition of the Coronation Robes and Regalia
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Queen Elizabeth II's coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 was an occasion for celebration throughout the Commonwealth. Televised coverage of the coronation ceremony heightened public interest in such state occasions. In 1954 the coronation robes and replicas of the coronation regalia went on display in various cities throughout the Commonwealth.
In New Brunswick the Committee for the Exhibition of the Coronation Robes and Regalia was organized at a meeting held 29 September 1954 at Fredericton and chaired by Premier Hugh John Flemming. The committee's primary function was to organize the exhibition of the coronation robes and regalia in Fredericton between 20 and 25 November 1954. F. E. MacDiarmid was named president of the committee; Brigadier J. R. B. Jones, vice-president; Greta Brewer, secretary; and R. S. FitzRandolph, treasurer. Working committees were set up to oversee property and display, publicity, security, and finance. An admission fee of $.25 was to be charged to cover local expenses, with the balance to be credited to the Westminster Abbey Restoration Fund.
The exhibition was a success, with approximately 6,130 persons in attendance (2,640 adults and 3,490 children). Along with the actual Purple Robe of State worn by Queen Elizabeth at her coronation and the actual Coronation Bible she carried, visitors could view replicas of St. Edward's Crown, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb, the Sceptre, and the jewelled Sword of State, among other items.
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