The Coronation announced – 1 hour special due to broadcast on BBC 1 14th January 8pm

January 3, 2018

In a rare television appearance HM The Queen talks in conversation with royal commentator Alastair Bruce about her 1953 coronation. 2018 marks the 65th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the throne and in this one hour special she shares her memories of that day. She also talks about her father, George VI’s coronation in 1937, which she attended when she was 11 years old.

“I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” she says.

Viewing both private and official film footage, The Queen recalls the day when the weight of both St. Edward’s Crown and the hopes and expectations of a country recovering from war were on her shoulders, as the nation looked to their 27-year-old Queen to lead them into a new era.

The film also explores the story of the Crown Jewels, which form part of the Royal Collection, one of the largest and most important art collections in the world. Consisting of 140 items and containing 23,000 precious stones, these sacred objects form the most complete collection of royal regalia in the world. Exploring the role and symbolic meaning of the Crown Jewels in the centuries-old coronation ceremony, The Coronation shows these objects of astonishing beauty in new 4K high-resolution footage. The film tells the extraordinary story of St. Edward’s Crown, which was destroyed after the English Civil War and remade for the Coronation of Charles II in 1661. It has only been worn by Her Majesty once, at the moment she was crowned.

The film also features eyewitness accounts of those who participated in the 1953 Coronation, including a maid of honor who nearly fainted in the Abbey, and a 12-year-old choirboy who was left to sing solo when his overwhelmed colleagues lost their voices.

The Coronation will broadcast on BBC 1 Sunday 14th January at 8pm.

The Coronation is a co-production with Smithsonian Channel and ABC Television and distributed by FremantleMedia International. It will; broadcast in the US on 14th January 8 p.m ET/PT and on the 4th February in Australia.