Queen Elizabeth has been in power for so long, it’s hard to remember that her coronation was something captured on film. Her Majesty became Queen on February 6th, 1952 following the death of her father, and her official coronation was on June 2, 1953.
The Queen’s lifelong friend, Lady Anne Glenconner, was an arm’s length away from the new ruler when she became Queen, and calls it “the most special day of her life.”
“There was the queen. We hadn’t ever seen her in her coronation dress. And she looked absolutely ravishing,” she said. “We were all waiting there. And she just turned round, and she said, ‘Ready, girls?’ And we sort of nodded and off we went.”
In a new documentary for the Smithsonian Channel, called The Coronation, Queen Elizabeth say down to talk about her special day.
“I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” says the royal great-grandmother. “It’s sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really, as a sovereign.”
And while Lady Glenconner calls her friend’s coronation the best day of her life, the Queen vividly recalls a “horrible” part of it.