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Nation will relive Queen's Coronation on the silver screen to mark 60th anniversary

09 MAY 2013

A season of celebrations has been announced to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation, in which all that is great about Britain will be broadcast on TV and radio.

In a digitally re-mastered broadcast, to be aired for the first time, the nation will be able to relive the Abbey Coronation Service in which Elizabeth became queen, on Sunday 2 June. The broadcast will even follow the exact times of the original Coronation, airing from 10:15 to 17:20.

 

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The special season of programming will celebrate and showcase the history behind the memorable day of 2 June 1953, the first Coronation to be televised and the year that Queen Elizabeth II began her reign as monarch. 

A host of further programmes will celebrate the Queen's 60 years in the build-up to the anniversary, including one-off specials presented by Clare Balding and David Dimbleby. The Queen: A Passion For Horses is a one-off special about Her Majesty’s lifelong love of horses.

Presented by Clare Balding, and featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Queen as she interacts with her horses in training and their new-born foals, this intimate film will chart Her Majesty's 65 year career as one of Britain's leading breeders.

"The Queen is one of the most accomplished and respected breeders in Britain, with an especially impressive knowledge of thoroughbreds; she has bred the winners of over 1,600 races.

 

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This is a wonderful chance to tell the story of The Queen's abiding passion for horses and her astonishing career in racing," said the TV presenter.

David Dimbleby will also take a step back in time on BBC One's The People's Coronation, revisiting the 1953 Coronation through the people who took part and who celebrated the historical day across the country.

It will be a particularly significant role for David, whose father Richard Dimbleby had the huge responsibility of presenting the original TV broadcast from Westminster Abbey.

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