Secrets of The Queen’s Coronation

Secrets of the Queen's Coronation

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation on June 2nd 1953 was one of the most eagerly anticipated events in British history, bringing the country together in celebration. But how did a nation still reeling from the aftermath of World War II manage to stage such a grand event? And with pressure mounting for the day to be perfect, what was going on behind the closed doors of Westminster Abbey? Almost 70 years on, Secrets of the Queen’s Coronation takes a behind-the-scenes look at that momentous day. From fainting and false starts, to coronation chicken and the Queen’s secret snack, the documentary shares memories and anecdotes from people who played key roles in the day’s celebrations – all of them speaking publicly for the first time, including pageboy Andrew Parker Bowles OBE and maid of honour Baroness Willoughby de Eresby. Combining rarely seen colour footage of the day with interviews from leading historians and former Buckingham Palace staff, Secrets of the Queen’s Coronation provides fresh insight to the Queen’s accession to the throne and 14 months of event planning, as well as key moments from inside Westminster Abbey. The programme is narrated by Alastair Bruce, an officer of arms for the Queen.

Secrets of The Queen’s Coronation – Saturday 9pm on Channel 4

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