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 it 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
Queen Elizabeth II
Do you suppose I might borrow it? For a couple of days, just to practice.
Borrow it Ma'am? From whom? If it's not yours, whose is it?
Zadok the Priest
Composed by George Frideric Handel
[Coronation anthem] See more