Sir Laurence Olivier prerecorded the narration in May 1953 since the coronation rituals were known prior to the actual event. This allowed the footage of the coronation to be released almost immediately after it was shot on 2 June 1953. See more »
This event, the coronation of the British monarch happened only three times in
the previous century. One of the British monarchs, Edward VIII had a funny thing
happen to him on the way to his coronation, but that's another subject. The
last time this happened was 1953 because the present monarch is a bit of living
What can you say about A Queen Is Crowned except that you are watching
history unfold. Traditions that date back to almost a thousand years unfold
before your eyes. Makes no difference that the current monarch is a constitutional one or has real ruling power. It's the spectacle that counts.
From the first ride to Westminster Abbey to the coronation ceremony itself and
ending with the royal family's return to Buckingham Palace you don't want to
blink. This current Queen is the glue that holds the British Commonwealth
together by tradition. How long will this tradition be kept, who can say. Some
over across the pond want to dispense with the royals. Then we'd miss something special as we see here, a people truly united in respect and love
for their ruler.
Laurence Olivier's narration is part of, but never intrudes in what you are
watching as all good documentary narrations should be. Color which was not
as often used in Great Britain as in America is well photographed both inside
the Abbey and the streets of London.
Elizabeth II will shortly be 92 the oldest monarch the United Kingdom ever
had and the longest reign. Many more to you old, you are a class act as the role of Queen calls for you to be.
God Save The Queen.
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