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.
PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR
ROYAL COMMENTATOR & PROGRAMME CONSULTANT
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
FOR ATLANTIC PRODUCTIONS
OTHER ARCHIVE SOURCES
AP Archive/ British Movietone
BBC Motion Gallery
BFI National Archive
Dean & Chapter of Westminster
Mary Evans Picture Library
The National Archives
National Portrait Gallery Images
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
New York Times
“the Queen Shines”
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