The Coronation

Marking the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation, The Queen shares her memories of the ceremony, as well as that of her father, King George VI.

Released : 2017

Runtime : 60 minutes

On 2 June 1953 after 16 months of planning, Her Majesty the Queen set out to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, watched by millions of people around the world. A ceremony dating back more than 1,000 years was to mark the dawn of a new Elizabethan age. Now, in what has become the longest reign of any British monarch, HM The Queen shares her memories of that day as well as the coronation of her father, King George VI, in 1937.

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 high-resolution footage. A combination of HD cameras and special 4K lenses reveal the incredible secrets and forensic details of a set of regalia that have a rich history of their own. Amongst the many glorious objects revealed, 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.

Shedding an entirely new perspective on this world-famous event, The Coronation brings together, the eyewitness accounts of those who participated, including the maid of honour who nearly fainted in the Abbey. Using the Queen’s recollections and new footage of the Crown Jewels, The Coronation reveals the story of this glittering ceremony.

The Coronation is a co-production with Smithsonian Channel and ABC Television and distributed by FremantleMedia International.

Credits

PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR

Harvey Lilley

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Anthony Geffen

NARRATOR

Keeley Hawes

ROYAL COMMENTATOR & PROGRAMME CONSULTANT

Alastair Bruce

COMMISSIONING EDITOR

Simon Young

EDITOR

Stuart Davidson

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Laura Nash

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike Robinson

ADDITIONAL CAMERAS

William Hadley
Philip Edkins
Naomi Hancock
Andreea Gruioniu

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Ty Unwin

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

Audio Networks
Cadence

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Ian Syder

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Samantha Tilyard

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Cat Pollock

PRODUCTION SECRETARY

Anya Chick

ARCHIVE RESEARCHERS

Jenny Borthwick
Jacqui Edwards

FOR ATLANTIC PRODUCTIONS

Vincent Pretorius
Mimi Gilligan
Claudia Perkins

DUBBING MIXER

Matt Skilton

COLOURIST

Vicki Matich

ONLINE EDITOR

Andrew Mitchell

VISUAL EFFECTS

Zoo LTD

ART DIRECTORS

Gemma Clancy
Alec Walker

LIGHTING

Chis Knoll
Andy Clarke

SOUND RECORDISTS

Simon Pinkerton
Freddie Claire
Marc Hatch

OTHER ARCHIVE SOURCES

Alamy
AP Archive/ British Movietone
BBC Motion Gallery
BFI National Archive
British Pathe
Critical Past
Dean & Chapter of Westminster
Footage Farm
Getty Images
ITV Archive
Mary Evans Picture Library
Mirrorpix
The National Archives
National Portrait Gallery Images
Skyworks
Topfoto
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

PRIVATE CINÉ FILM BY GRACIOUS PERMISSION OF

HM the Queen and
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO

Historic Royal Palaces
Royal Collection Trust
The Royal Household
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Tower of London

Press

Delightful

Vanity Fair

Real Gem

Daily Mail

Revealing

New York Times

the Queen Shines

The Guardian

Remarkable

The TImes

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