Coro­na­tion al­most halted by car­pet pile

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

The Queen ac­ceded to the throne on Fe­bru­ary 6 1952 when her fa­ther died un­ex­pect­edly in his sleep at San­dring­ham in Norfolk.

De­spite the coun­try be­ing in the grip of post-war aus­ter­ity, a glit­ter­ing coro­na­tion was staged on June 2 the fol­low­ing year at West­min­ster Abbey.

The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures footage of the Queen pro­cess­ing through the abbey and high­lights how her coro­na­tion dress was em­broi­dered in silk with pearls and gold and sil­ver bul­lion thread.

The Queen re­counts: “Well, I re­mem­ber one mo­ment when I was go­ing against the pile of the car­pet and I couldn’t move at all.”

Mr Bruce said: “Re­ally?” and the monarch replied: “Yes, they hadn’t thought of that.”

The doc­u­men­tary is part of the Royal Col­lec­tion Sea­son, a ma­jor part­ner­ship be­tween the BBC and Royal Col­lec­tion Trust, which also fea­tures the four-part tele­vi­sion se­ries Art, Pas­sion And Power: The Story Of The Royal Col­lec­tion.

The Coro­na­tion is screened on BBC1 at 8pm to­mor­row.

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