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Coronation Day 1953


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A celebration to mark the first day of Silver Jubilee Year-a year that commemorates the 25th Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's accession to the Throne -a year of festivities throughout the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
We start this first day of 1977 by going back to that Coronation Day of 2 June 1953. With unique archival material from one of the earliest telerecordings ever made, we invite you to relive the seven hours of Coronation Day Celebrations as seen - in black and white - by the BBC outside broadcast cameras throughout London.
David Dimbleby introduces this piece of contemporary history. A momentous occasion that will evoke many memories.
The whole ceremony can be followed again today, precisely as it was in 1953. 10.15 Outside Buckingham Palace
10.26 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh leave the Palace
11.0 The Queen's Procession arrives at Westminster Abbey
11.20 Coronation Service begins
12.30 The Crowning
1.50 The Service ends. The bells of Westminster Abbey ring out in celebration
2.25 Outside Westminster Abbey awaiting the procession through London
2.50 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh leave the Abbey
3.40 The Queen in ceremonial procession passes Grosvenor Gate
4.30 Return to Buckingham Palace
5.0 The procession outside the Palace. Later the Queen greets the crowds from the balcony. The broadcast closes with the RAF flypast.
Principal commentators: RICHARD DIMBLEBY


Introduces: David Dimbleby
Commentators: Richard Dimbleby
Commentators: Michael Henderson
Commentators: Brian Johnson
Unknown: Max Robertson

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