Last year England celebreated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth being queen. There were massive concerts, parades and celebreations. 60 years ago the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, took place on 2 June 1953. Elizabeth, then aged 25, ascended the thrones of these countries after the death of her father, George VI, on 6 February 1952. The coronation was delayed for more than a year because of the tradition that such a festival was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the her father, the King.
Even though the country was just out of food rationing from World War II (1939 - 1945, rationing lasted till 1950), they scraped together enough to put on huge street parties, everyone pooling their food.
Street parties like this one were a common sight.
Below is a photograph of my own Great Grandmother (on the right), preparing for a street party in June 1953.
Information on food rationing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationing_in_the_United_Kingdom