Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, after the dying of her father, King George VI. Her coronation passed off a 12 months and a half in a while June 3, 1953, so as to permit an applicable time interval to grieve the previous monarch earlier than celebrating the crowning of their inheritor.
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The service was held at Westminster Abbey and was the first coronation in historical past to be televised, pulling in an viewers of greater than 20 million within the U.Ok. alone. Although the occasion was broadcast to such a big viewers there are many issues the general public by no means knew about that day. But throughout a uncommon interview in 2018, the queen shared a number of particulars about her coronation together with what she thought was “horrible” and what she couldn’t stand carrying.
Queen Elizabeth remembers ‘horrible’ carriage trip to Westminster Abbey
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Sky News famous that the royal household matriarch mirrored on that historic day and admitted that she discovered her transportation within the gold carriage to be “horrible” as a result of it was so uncomfortable.
She and Prince Philip had been taken to the Abbey within the Gold State Coach–a 16th-century gilded carriage drawn by eight grey horses named Cunningham, Tovey, Noah, Tedder, Eisenhower, Snow White, Tipperary, and McCreery. However, the queen defined that the coach “wasn’t meant for traveling.”
“It’s not meant for traveling in at all. I mean it’s only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable,” she remembered. “It can only go at walking pace. The horses couldn’t possibly go any faster. It’s so heavy.”
She discussed points along with her gown and restrictions with the crown
Queen Elizabeth revealed that she handled an surprising problem along with her robe that stopped her in her tracks.
“I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn’t move at all,” she recalled.
The sovereign additionally discussed restrictions she confronted carrying the St. Edward’s Crown positioned on her head in the course of the service. The headpiece, which is the oldest within the Royal Collection because it was constructed again in 1661 for the coronation of King Charles II, weighs almost 5 kilos and is 12-inches excessive.
“Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head, but once you put it on, it stays. I mean, it just remains itself,” she stated of the crown her dad wore earlier than her for his coronation on May 12, 1937. “You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. Because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off. So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise, they’re quite important things.”
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