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BBC Parliament Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Golden Jubilee Special
coronation ceremony
Monday June 3rd, Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday

Forming part of the BBC's Golden Jubilee celebrations, BBC Parliament brings you the original BBC television coverage of the Queen's Coronation from 1953.


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Coronation 1953 Radio Times (PDF format):

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Programme for Monday 3rd June:


0945 The Queen's Jubilee Address to Parliament
Heralding the start of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Queen's personal address to a joint session of Parliament preceded by speeches by the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker of the House of Commons
(Recorded 30th April)



For the first time in history - through the medium of television - the ancient and noble rite of a Coronation Service will be witnessed by millions of Her Majesty's subjects

Sylvia Peters, original BBC introduction
Coronation Day 1953
Recorded Tuesday 2nd June 1953

1015 Introduction by Sylvia Peters
From Studio A in Alexandra Palace, Sylvia Peters introduces the BBC's seven-hour live coverage of the events of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Day. Outside Buckingham Palace, Berkeley Smith previews the route of the procession

1026 Queen leaves Buckingham Palace
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace in the Coronation Coach in the procession to Westminster Abbey, with commentary by Berkeley Smith and Chester Wilmot at the Victoria Memorial

1032 Queen Mother arrives at Westminster Abbey
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother arrives at Westminster Abbey, with commentary by Michael Henderson and Mary Hill. Richard Dimbleby sets the scene inside the Abbey. Max Robertson commentates as the procession passes along the Victoria Embankment

1100 Queen arrives at Westminster Abbey
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Westminster Abbey, with commentary by Michael Henderson and Mary Hill

1120 The Coronation Service
The Coronation Service of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, with commentary by Richard Dimbleby

1230 The Crowning
Elizabeth II is crowned Queen by the Archbishop of Canterbury in Westminster Abbey, with commentary by Richard Dimbleby

1350 Bells of Westminster Abbey
The Coronation Service ends and the bells of Westminster Abbey ring out

Richard Dimbleby
Dimbleby Senior covering the Coronation
1425 Ceremonial procession through London
Michael Henderson sets the scene outside Westminster Abbey as the Colonial Rulers and Commonwealth Prime Ministers leave the Abbey for the ceremonial procession through London

1450 Queen leaves Westminster Abbey
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Westminster Abbey to begin the ceremonial procession through London in the Coronation Coach. Brian Johnston and Bernard Braden commentate as the procession passes Grosvenor Gate in Hyde Park

1540 Queen passes Grosvenor Gate
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pass Grosvenor Gate in Hyde Park on the ceremonial procession through London, with commentary by Brian Johnston and Bernard Braden

1630 Queen returns to Buckingham Palace
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive back at Buckingham Palace at the end of the ceremonial procession through London, with commentary by Berkeley Smith and Chester Wilmot at the Victoria Memorial

1700 RAF fly-past
The Queen and members of the Royal Family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the crowds and for the RAF fly-past, with commentary by Berkeley Smith and Chester Wilmot


1715 The Queen's Jubilee Address to Parliament
Heralding the start of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Queen delivers a personal address to a joint session of Parliament, preceded by speeches from the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker of the House of Commons
(Recorded 30th April)

Queen and Speaker Michael Martin
Jubilee Address to Parliament
1740 The Commons Loyal Address
Loyal Address by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Leader of the Opposition Iain Duncan Smith
(Recorded 24th April)

1755 The Lords Loyal Address
Loyal Address by the Government and Opposition leaders in the House of Lords
(Recorded 29th April)

1810 Queen's Jubilee Address to the Scottish Parliament
Queen's personal address to the Scottish Parliament as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations
(Recorded 28th May)

1910 Queen's Jubilee Address in Northern Ireland
Queen's personal address in Northern Ireland as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations
(Recorded 14th May)

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