A new documentary will shed some light on the monarchy and the ritual of coronation, and see Queen Elizabeth II herself share some thoughts.
The Coronation, which airs on BBC One later this month, will delve deeper into not only the coronation of the current monarch, which took place a staggering 63 years ago on June 2nd 1957, but also that of her father’s, King George VI, just sixteen years prior on May 12th 1937. Speaking of the historic occasions, she says, “I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other… which is pretty remarkable.” Remarkable indeed, especially considering neither she nor her father were directly in line for the throne, but were thrust to the top of line by the abdication of George’s brother, Edward VIII.
It is customary for members of the royal family to give formal interviews, but not so for the Queen. In her lengthy reign, she has not once sat down for a proper interview, meaning opportunity for such insight into the psyche and manner of the longest reigning British monarch to date has been scarce. The closest she came was her participation in the 1969 documentary, Royal Family. However this was soon taken off air by Buckingham Palace after they decided it provided just a little too much insight into life behind the scenes.
The new documentary however, which marks a collaboration between the Royal Collection Trust and the BBC, as part of their Royal Collection Season, comes to us courtesy of the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. And it seems the documentary couldn’t be timelier, what with the new season of The Crown coming out, and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle this spring – it seems all eyes are currently on the royals.
Speaking to E! News, the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore shared her thoughts on the project: “It is truly an honour to have Her Majesty The Queen revealing her intimate knowledge of the Crown Jewels – and fond childhood memories from when her father was crowned King George VI… the Queen’s words will bring to life the importance of the coronation ceremony for modern audiences to enjoy.”
It’s sure to elevate what’s already a pretty intense level of interest in, and fascination with, the British royals. But we can’t complain – we know we’ll be watching.
Want to know how the Queen sends secret signals to her staff? Check out the video below.