I watched the coverage of the Queen's Coronation on TV last night and this morning's live ceremony at Westminster Abbey which has inspired me to write a little about my own memories of this wonderful event.
Photo taken from my TV this morning
(By courtesy of BBC TV Events)
(courtesy of Google Images)
If my memory serves me right this is very similar to our TV
I'd never seen a television set before and remember the excitement of it being switched on for the very first time and waiting for the Queen's procession to begin. Her golden coach was escorted by what seemed like thousands of soldiers on horses in fine uniforms and now know this was the Household Cavalry. Millions of people were waving Union Flags. Indoors we had some bunting hanging along the picture rails and I remember Mum bringing in a tray with a pot of tea and cake. We all gathered around the TV, my sister Barbara who was only three at the time, Mum, Dad and me.
It seems that TVs bought at the time were very expensive and by today's standards would be in the region of £1000. What with post war rationing and everyday budgeting that most families endured at that time, this would have been no mean feat and probably bought on hire purchase to be paid over two or three years.
This programme is something I've bought in later years
and shows the route the procession took
All the children in our primary school were given a Coronation mug as well as this book on Royalty in Essex both of which thankfully have remained in my possession
Inside of which is this lovely poem by the then Poet Laureate
My parents, bless them had never been particularly patriotic but I have them to thank for my own patriotism and love of the Royalty over the past sixty years. I love all the pomp and circumstance that this country is rightly very proud of exhibiting and believe this began when gathered around the TV with my family experiencing the thrill of that June day in 1953.
Do you have any Royal memories?