NO one will ever know whether the Queen consented to take part in tomorrow’s much-anticipated BBC documentary about her coronation because of a mischievous desire to upstage The Crown, the acclaimed fictional drama charting the Royal family throughout her record-breaking reign.
To this day, Her Majesty remains the soul of discretion. Yet it is fitting that an event as historic as her coronation in 1953, a television in its own right, is marked by a broadcasting first – the Queen in conversation with historian Alastair Bruce about the occasion that was to define her life, her country and her subjects.
Here is the Queen watching archive footage of the momentous day and revealing the sense of history, and humour, that has characterised her reign. Worried that the weight of the elaborate jewels at the centrepiece of her crown would injure her neck, she quips: “So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re quite important things.” Talk about the under-statement of these times.