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Rose and her memories of watching the coronation on television.
Jeanne remembers watching the coronation on television and seeing the Crown Jewels at the opening of parliament.
90 year old Edna, who as a young seamstress helped make robes for guests at the coronation of King George VI in 1937, organised a street party for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953 and remembers seeing the Crown Jewels in their old home of the Wakefield Tower (they are now in the Waterloo Barracks)…
Jenna and Nelly sing a song which they were taught as children in Sierra Leone for The Queen's coronation in 1953.
Dame Gillian Wagner, who has had a distinguished public career in social work charities, is the widow of Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. She was present inside Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, as the wife of a herald, and had a grandstand view. Dame Gillian shares her very personal memories about the day, the ceremonies, and her husba ...…
Dr Anna Keay, who is Curatorial Director of English Heritage, wrote the recent sumptuously-illustrated and scholarly book on the Crown Jewels (published by Thames & Hudson with The Royal Collection and Historic Royal Palaces). Here she reflects on the regalia and their history, showing and understanding them, and on her own research into the co ...…
Sir Roy Strong, one of the leading British art and cultural historians, wrote the modern authoritative account of English coronations. As a schoolboy, he was selected to watch the 1953 coronation procession. Here he uses those memories to ponder the past, present and future of the coronation ceremony.…
The Tower of London was built by Kings, was lived in by Kings, and built to protect Kings, but it has also kept Kings as prisoners and one such prisoner was a King of Scotland.
This is the story of one of those Royal names, and possibly the oldest female prisoner in the Tower's history - Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury.
In 1534 Alice Tankerville was imprisoned in the Tower, apparently in the Cold Harbour Gate, for financial offences. She escaped with the help of one of her guards, the only escapee in Henry's time.
Henry VIII's Chancellor, Sir Thomas More was imprisoned for refusing to accept the king as Head of the Church. He was initially treated relatively well and dedicated himself to contemplation and writing. He was beheaded and later made a Catholic saint.
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