Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
The Wider Image: King Charles' coming coronation stirs memories of queen 70 years ago
Norman Allen, 86, poses for a photograph, in Rickmansworth, Britain, April 23, 2023. Allen was 16 and a boy scout at the time of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, he volunteered to sell programs on The Mall during the Crowning and eventually became a painter and decorator, which took him to a few jobs inside Buckingham Palace. "During my time working at the Palace, I got to know one of the maintenance electricians, and one day he invited me to go in my lunch break to some of the rooms he had access to," he said. "Although I may have been wearing my white overalls, I did actually sit on the throne of England, in both the Throne room and the ballroom, both of which were covered by dust sheets". REUTERS/Hannah McKay SEARCH "MCKAY CORONATION PORTRAITS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.