The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth IIThe Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the greatest public ceremony of the twentieth century, was an enormous logistical operation and an event of huge cultural significance. While its lavish splendour marked a turning point after the Second World War hardship, it was also an opportune moment for the royal family to establish a new meaning for the monarchy- to reinforce the idea of continuity and tradition, while establishing the reign of the young queen and her modernising consort. With just sixteen months to plan, the views of forceful personalities from die-hard traditionalists to forward-thinking innovators had to be reconciled. Disputes between senior figures from Churchill to Mountbatten as well as a public outcry at the initial ban on televising the service, threatened to sour the proceedings.
Using rare archive film, artifacts and firsthand accounts, we tell the story of the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II. This is a story of meticulous planning, last minute nerves, and an ancient ceremony performed with perfection - the like of which will never be seen again.