Queen Elizabeth II Reveals Rare Secrets from Her Coronation Ceremony She Withheld For 65 Years
8What she had to say
In her words “It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things, really,” she recounted. “I’ve seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable, It’s sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really as a sovereign,” She added.
Apart from the queen’s revelation of which more will be aired on the BBC One’s exclusive documentary, here are some more interesting facts about her coronation.
The documentary, to be aired on BBC One is part of a Royal Collection Season created between Royal Collection Trust and the BBC showcasing details of the Royal family’s life and the collection itself.
9Winston Churchill opposed broadcasting the coronation
Princess Elizabeth as she was known before her coronation was quite a tech savvy woman. She was determined to broadcast her ceremony against the wishes of Prime Minister Churchill. The coronation went on to be watched by 20 million people worldwide. The pomp and grandeur of the ceremony even influenced the sale of television sets which skyrocketed after the event.
10She had a good luck charm woven into her gown
The trusted courtier Sir Norman Hartnell collaborated with the queen to create a gown in the finest white duchess satin which was embroidered with floral patterns and emblems in gold and silver thread. The emblems were symbols of the commonwealth. Without the queen’s knowledge, Hartnell included a four leaf shamrock on the left of the skirt positioned so well that her hand would be resting on it the whole time.
11Special staff and footmen
Because there was a serious shortage of footmen required for the event, many millionaire businessmen and squires offered their services to work as the queen’s servants for the day guiding guests during the ceremony.