The coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, as King and Queen of the United Kingdom, took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 12 May 1937. King George ascended the throne upon the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII on 11 December 1936, three days before his 41st birthday. The event was designed to be not only a sacred anointing and formal crowning, but also a public spectacle, which was also planned as a display of the British Empire. May 1937 included a programme of royal events lasting nearly the entire month to commemorate and mark the occasion. The media played an important part in broadcasting this show of pageantry and imperialism to the Empire, which marked George and Elizabeth's
coronation as an important event in the history of television, being the first coronation to be filmed, as well as the first to be broadcast on radio.