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The Queen's Coronation

Bill Turnbull explores the significant roles of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral during HM the Queen's 60-year reign; the Bishop of London reflects on Her Majesty's lifetime of faith, a solo chorister describes taking part in the big day in 1953 and celebratory music sung in Canterbury Cathedral includes the glorious Coronation anthems I Was Glad and Zadok the Priest.

40 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Jun 2013 16:15
BBC One except Scotland

Factsheet for Sunday 2nd June 2013

Bill Turnbull explores the significant roles of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral during the Queen's 60-year reign; the Bishop of London reflects on Her Majesty's lifetime of faith, a solo chorister describes taking part in the big day in 1953 and celebratory music sung in Canterbury Cathedral includes the glorious Coronation anthems I Was Glad and Zadok the Priest.

Interviewees

Cressida Williams

The Canterbury Cathedral archivist guides Bill through the cathedral’s extensive collection of documents and memorabilia charting the queen’s visits to the cathedral throughout the years. 

 

Bishop of London

Richard Chartres became the 132nd Bishop of London in November 1995. After his move to London, he was appointed Dean of HM Chapels Royal in 1996 and a Privy Counsellor. The Bishop talks to Bill about the Queen’s strong Christian faith and her role as defender of the faith.

 

David Watson

At the tender age of twelve, David was one of three solo choristers who sang in Westminster on the big day in 1953. David reminisces to Bill about the thrill of being present at the ceremony and what happened when nerves got the better of him as he approached his solo moment.

Locations

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, dates back to 597AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat (or ‘Cathedra’) in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. It is the home of a community of people who seek to make the Cathedral a place of welcome, beauty and holiness.

 

Westminster Abbey

In the heart of London, Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs and is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation's history are buried or commemorated. Taken as a whole the tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterBill Turnbull
ProducerPamela Hossick
Series EditorDavid Taviner
Executive ProducerTommy Nagra

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