In 1953 Elizabeth recalls her father's words to her prior to his own coronation as she prepares for her own. Edward turns up for the occasion but declines to attend when his wife is refused admission. After Mary dies and her funeral is in the traditional old style Philip, feeling side-lined by his wife, decides to organize a down-sized coronation more acceptable to a country still hit by rationing and broadcast live on television. The Establishment is shocked but the occasion is a success. Written by
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The bagpipe tune played at the end by the ex-king is Flowers of the Forest, a song always played in mourning. See more
[about the Duke's wife
It is my duty to inform you on behalf of the Royal Family and the government, with whom we have worked in close consultation, that she will not be offered an invitation.
Duke of Windsor
Oh, that's madness. The pusillanimity and vindictiveness knows no limits.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky See more