Toilet paper was stolen from Queen’s coronation

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave from Buckingham Palace balcony
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave to the public from the Buckingham Palace balcony after her coronation on 2 June 1953
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Toilet paper was stolen from Westminster Abbey the night before Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, archives have revealed. A book outlining the detailed planning and preparation that went into the 1953 ceremony, states: “It was found, early on Coronation day, that much of the lavatory paper had been removed.” The document also says that “in future it will be necessary to take special steps to prevent this”, which, noted The Telegraph, “calms any fears of similar incidents at next week’s Coronation of King Charles”.

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