Queen reveals memories of her coronation in rare interview
The Queen is making a rare appearance in a BBC documentary about her coronation nearly 65 years ago.
The programme tells the story of the crown jewels and features the Queen chatting with royal commentator Alastair Bruce.
In the hour-long film The Coronation, the Queen recollects: ‘I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable.’
Her Majesty was just 11-years-old when she saw her father crowned King George VI in 1937.
She inherited the throne on February 6, 1952, when her father died unexpectedly in his sleep at Sandringham in Norfolk.
Despite the country being in the grip of post-war austerity a glittering coronation was staged in June the following year at Westminster Abbey.
Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content, said it was a real honour to have the Queen revealing her intimate knowledge about the crown jewels.
‘In her own words, the Queen will bring to life the enduring symbolic importance of the coronation ceremonies for modern audiences to enjoy,’ she said.
The monarch is crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury with the St Edward’s Crown.
However, the best known item is the Imperial State Crown, which was remade for the coronation of George VI in 1937.
It is worn at the end of the coronation service and at the State Opening of Parliament.
The film also features eyewitness accounts from those who participated in the 1953 coronation.
They include a maid of honour 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 documentary is part of the Royal Collection Season, which will conclude with an interview with Prince Charles.
The Coronation will be screened on BBC One on January 14 at 8pm.