It’s been 65 years since Queen Elizabeth II took Britain’s royal throne. Sixty. Five. Years. I can’t remember what I ate for lunch yesterday, but after 65 years, Elizabeth still remembers that historic day when she assumed the crown at age 25.
For the 65th anniversary, BBC One and the Royal Collection Trust will debut a documentary series about Elizabeth, starting with “Coronation,” a one-hour episode during which she’ll share some of her most personal memories from the day she became queen. According to Entertainment Tonight, the episode will include “both private and official film footage of the ceremony as well as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, in 1937.”
According to the BBC, Elizabeth will appear during the series for some pretty unprecedented interviews.
“I’ve seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” Elizabeth says on-screen.
In addition to interviews with the queen herself, the documentary will include eyewitness accounts from some of the people who were there, including a maid of honor who almost fainted during the ceremony and a choirboy who was 12 years old at the time and had to unexpectedly sing a solo when the rest of the choir was too overcome with emotion to finish a song. If that doesn’t give you some insight into how beloved the queen is, nothing will.
Millions watched when Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 5, 1953. Now, millions more will have the opportunity to see and hear about what it was like to actually be there on that historic day. You can bet we’ll be watching every second of this series.