“Horrible… Not very comfortable!” The Queen opens up about her coronation

Hearing The Queen talk in this rare new interview is truly majestic!
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Queen Elizabeth is one of history’s shining beacons.

Her Majesty has fearlessly reigned for 64 years… soon to be 65, and now for the very first time she’s talking candidly about the moment she received her crown.

Her rare interview coincides with the 65th anniversary of The Queen’s 1953 Coronation and to mark the occasion, the ABC and BBC will air a new documentary titled The Coronation.

The Queen’s interview coincides with the 65th anniversary of her 1953 Coronation.

The hour-long film sheds an exciting light on not only the Crown Jewels, but how they served in the historic ceremony.

In a brand-new trailer, we hear Prince Philip’s wife speak about that remarkable day all the way back on June 2nd, 1953, at Westminster Abbey.

Speaking about riding in an extravagant horse-drawn golden carriage that carried her from Westminster Abbey through the streets of London back to Buckingham Palace – the mother-of-four admitted it wasn’t as stunning as it appeared.

“Horrible,” she quipped while watching both private and official film footage.

“It’s only sprung on a lever. Not very comfortable,” the 91-year-old remarked in a rather displeased tone.

Watch the promo of The Coronation below.

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Queen Elizabeth poses in front of an image from her coronation.

At the age of 25, Queen Elizabeth’s coronation occurred 16 months after she ascended to the throne.

The documentary gives the living legend a chance to look back at her father’s special moment, King George VI’s 1937 coronation.

“I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” she mused.

“It’s sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really, as a sovereign.”

The horse-drawn carriage. Doesn’t it look extravagant!

But apparently it was “horrible”…

Seeing Lilibet in this light is simply sublime.

And it only gets better when she talks about the British Royal Family’s crown jewels.

“There are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise, there are quite important things,” she says with the knowledge only a Queen can possess.

It is undoubtedly a huge win to have Her Majesty sharing her first-hand experience in one of the biggest historical moments in time.

The Queen rarely engages with the media and only speaks publicly once a year during her annual Christmas message.

Tuesday 2nd June 1953, at Westminster Abbey, changed history forever.

The documentary shows Queen Elizabeth’s reaction to her crowning.

The BBC’s Charlotte Moore said of the coup, “It is truly an honour to have Her Majesty The Queen revealing her intimate knowledge of the Crown Jewels – and fond childhood memories from when her father was crowned King George VI – in this very special BBC One film.”

“The Queen’s words will bring to life the importance of the coronation ceremony for modern audiences to enjoy.”

Echoing the sentiment, the ABC’s Michael Carrington shared, “The ABC are delighted to be the broadcast partner for this very special, historical event. The crowning of Queen Elizabeth II was a defining moment in the history of television and the modern world.”

“We are excited to bring the symbolism and pageantry of the Crown Jewels and the Coronation to life for our ABC audiences in 2018.”

The Coronation does not yet have a planned screening date in New Zealand.

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