Queen Elizabeth II reflects on her coronation in 1953 and watching the coronation of her father George VI.
“I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” she says in a rare television interview for BBC’s upcoming documentary “The Coronation”.
In a new trailer for the doc, the Queen is seen watching footage of the coronation as she watches herself transported from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace via horsedrawn carriage. “Horrible,” she says of the ride. “It’s only sprung on a lever. Not very comfortable.”
Elizabeth witnessed her father’s coronation when she was just 11-years-old in 1937 and was herself coronated at the age of 25. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth was a momentous occasion for a nation still suffering from the aftermath of war.
Among the subjects interviewed is a former choirboy, who at only 12-years-old, was required to perform solo at the coronation when his choirmates crumbled under the weight of the occasion.
The BBC’s director of content, Charlotte Moore, said: “It is a real 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 in this very special film for BBC One.”
“In her own words, the Queen will bring to life the enduring symbolic importance of the coronation ceremonies for modern audiences to enjoy,” explained Moore.
The film also looks back at the coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, and offers an inside look at the crown jewels, 140 different pieces that include more more than 23,000 precious stones, one of which is the crown.
“There are some disadvantages to crowns,” admits the Queen, “but otherwise, there are quite important things.”
“The Coronation” will air on BBC One on Jan. 14.