Eastbourne’s ‘Coronation baby’ rewinds 60 years

Philip Conquest is pictured in the middle with his mother.
Philip Conquest is pictured in the middle with his mother.

Scores of people will celebrate their birthday on Sunday but for one former Eastbourne resident the occasion is more poignant than most.

For Philip Conquest was born on June 2, 1953, and is one of three Eastbourne babies that were born on the same day as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

This Sunday will mark the 60th anniversary of the ceremony that saw the newly ascended monarch crowned Queen.

She ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, and was then proclaimed Queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards.

The coronation was held more than a year after the accession, on June 2, 1953.

Three babies were born in Eastbourne that day including Mr Conquest.

His mother gave birth to him in the home they lived in Ecmod Road while residents celebrated the Coronation of the Queen.

The grandfather, who now lives in Bedfordshire said, “It was a bit of a talking point. There’s always been quite a bit of interest in it.”

His aunt Joyce Lambert, who lives in Eastbourne, added, “It was interesting really because Philip was born in Ecmod Road and there was a street party going on outside and I was upstairs with my sister Rosemary when she was having Philip.”

There were two other Eastbourne babies born on the same day as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – another boy and a girl.

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