The role of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11
Dawn shots; Tower Bridge and river, Nelson's Column, Buckingham Palace, Coronation Decorations. Crowds waiting in the Mall. Fan fair of trumpets. Elizabeth and Philip leave the Palace. Charles and Ann looking through a window . The Royals leaving the palace. Top shot looking down the Mall. Senior Naval Officers marching in Mall. Admirals of the Fleet in a carriage. The Sea Lords on horseback. The coach leaves the palace as the crowds roar, it passes the Naval Guard of Honour of Nore Command. Various shots of the procession as it passes down the Mall. Officers and men from the Commonwealth navies line the route. The procession pass the naval guard either side of the road, more than 2000 naval and marine personnel line the route.
Cadets from the Naval College at Dartmouth and training Cruiser H.M.S. Devonshire with Aviation cadets line Parliament Sq. A guard of honour and band from the Royal Marines awaited her Majesty in Parliament Square. All rise as Elizabeth enters the Abbey. The crown is placed on her head. Outside the crowds await.
The Royals return to the Palace with the Naval contingent next to the Queen as they are the senior service. Seven units representing every branch of the service attend, male and female. All the senior Officers are also seen returning. VG shots of the procession down the Mall, top shots and CU's of Queen, Queen Mother, the Churchill's as they pass. The band of the Royal Marines march through Trafalgar Sq. Naval contingents marching outside of the Palace and back down the Mall.
Turning into Admiralty Arch are the Flag Officers Commanding-in-Chief, Home Commands. The Sea Lords and Admiral of the fleet Sir Roderick McGregor . Following the Royal coach is Admiral Earl Mountbatton, Aide-de-Camp to the Queen. The Royal procession arrives back at the Palace. VG shots of the Royals on the balcony as they watch the fly past. Mass crowd shots below.
Note: Shots of the Royal Family on the balcony are of excellent quality and may be better than the colour shots we usually see, as black and white film had better resolution in low light at that time.