Queen Elizabeth II Gives Rare Insight Into Her 1953 Coronation

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In her six-decade reign, Queen Elizabeth II has by no means given an interview.

However the ninety one-yr-previous monarch comes shut in a brand new one-hour documentary The Coronation. Within the movie, she displays on her coronation and the ornate crown used on that day. Along with sharing reminiscences of her personal ceremony, which occurred at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, she additionally seems again at her dad King George VI‘s coronation on Might 12, 1937. “I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient within the different,” she recollects, “which is fairly exceptional.”

The Coronation airs on Smithsonian Channel within the U.S. Jan. 14 at eight p.m. ET; the movie was made in partnership with the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Company. “It’s really an honor to have Her Majesty The Queen revealing her intimate information of the Crown Jewels—and fond childhood reminiscences from when her father was topped King George VI—on this very particular BBC One movie,” Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content material, tells E! Information. “The Queen’s phrases will convey to life the significance of the coronation ceremony for contemporary audiences to take pleasure in.”

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“Fascination with the Royal Household has in all probability by no means been larger than as we speak, and there’s nice admiration for the Queen. When the coronation was broadcast within the U.S. in 1953, it was the primary time the U.S. networks broadcast similar-day protection of European occasions, and it was watched by an immense viewers,” David Royle, Smithsonian Channel’s government vice chairman of programming and manufacturing, stated in a press release. “Now, this program sweeps apart the fictional dramas of newer occasions and brings our viewers the definitive account of the Crown Jewels and their position on this historic and memorable occasion. This can be a uniquely intimate portrait of the coronation that’s positive to create new ranges of curiosity in America.”

The upcoming documentary is a part of the Royal Assortment Season, a partnership between the BBC and Royal Assortment Belief. In The Coronation, the Queen critiques personal and public footage with coronation skilled and key contributor Alastair Bruce. “The Crown Jewels embrace The Regalia, that are used at a coronation, when the monarch is invested with the perfect recognized, if least understood, symbols of this kingdom. Publish bins, police helmets, revenue tax returns and virtually each visible expression of the UK shows a crown and orb. The which means of every of the important thing objects has advanced from emblems of authority that date means again earlier than the Saxons arrived. But there’s an everlasting relevance to trendy management wrapped into every image that categorical values of humility, obligation and repair, whereas representing complete energy,” he stated. “Discovering their which means helps to outline what the Sovereign is to the crown and the way that crown is the property of us all, within the constitutional perform of monarchy.”

Although The Queen typically makes public speeches, she is the one member of the Royal Household who has by no means sat down for a proper interview. The closest she got here was in 1992, when she offered commentary on numerous elements of her life for a BBC documentary to mark her fortieth yr on the throne. Quickly after it aired, nevertheless, the palace pulled the TV particular—titled Elizabeth R—from the general public view, because it felt it intruded an excessive amount of into the Queen and her Courtroom.

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