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The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Sylvia Peters introduces the BBC's seven-hour live coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Day from Tuesday 2 June 1953. Outside Buckingham Palace, Berkeley Smith previews the route of the procession.

15 minutes

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Sun 2 Jun 2013 10:10

Documentary about the coronation

As well as recounting the events of Coronation Day, 2nd June 1953, this BBC Four film focuses on the months of meticulous planning beforehand. What took place behind the scenes is told using diaries, letters, official records and government papers, together with much rare, evocative archive.


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