The announcement, which came this morning from the BBC, said that BBC Parliament will for the first time broadcast a digitally re-mastered version of the Abbey Coronation Service in full on Sunday 2 June 2013, saying that the original footage has been restored by BBC Studios and Post Production and the clarity of the picture is significantly improved. The broadcast will follow the exact times of the original Coronation, airing from 10:15 to 17:20 on BBC Parliament.
The BBC has also commissioned a special documentary about Her Majesty and her love of horses, entitled, ‘The Queen: A Passion For Horses’, presented by Claire Balding. The programme features new interviews with The Princess Royal, Zara Phillips, cousin and childhood friend Margaret Rhodes, stud managers and trainers including ‘Horse Whisperer’ Monty Roberts, coupled with archive footage and photographs.
BBC One’s The People’s Coronation will see David Dimbleby recalling history by revisiting the 1953 Coronation through the people who took part and who celebrated it across the country.
The BBC’s release said, “For David [Dimbleby], who was a teenager at the time of the Coronation, it’s also a very personal story. His father, Richard Dimbleby, had the huge responsibility of presenting the TV broadcast from Westminster Abbey. Against the wishes of the establishment, the people of Britain were eager to be granted access to this centuries old tradition. And so on 2 June 1953, people gathered around their televisions to watch this spectacular historical event which was once the preserve of the aristocracy.”
David Starkey will present a series about the link between Monarchy and music, showing the history behind some of Britain’s best patriotic songs such as God Save The Queen and Rule Britannia.
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