The Queen opens up about her coronation in new interview

By Emmy Griffiths

The Queen has given a rare interview to the BBC about her coronation for a documentary called The Coronation. The monarch discussed her ascension to the throne at the young age of 25 while also mentioning the coronation of her father King George VI: "I've seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable."

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Queen Elizabeth II discussing her coronation at BBC studios
The Queen discussed her coronation

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore has spoken about the Queen's involvement in the documentary, saying: "It is a real 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 film for BBC One. In her own words, the Queen will bring to life the enduring symbolic importance of the coronation ceremonies for modern audiences to enjoy."

Queen Elizabeth behind her crown of purple velvet, gold and jewels
The Queen became the longest reigning monarch in 2015

The documentary will include eyewitness accounts from those who had roles in the historic coronation, including a maid of honour and a 12-year-old choirboy, who found himself singing solo when his colleagues - overwhelmed by the occasion - lost their voices. Prince Charles was also interviewed for the documentary in his role as the chairman of the Trust responsible for the art collection, and other artefacts.

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