• Short Summary

    Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth - 12th May 1937

  • Description

    Full title reads: "THE HISTORIC CEREMONIES IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY AT THE CORONATION OF - THEIR MAJESTIES KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH".

    Westminster Abbey, London.

    Several top shots of the interior of the Westminster Abbey as the King George VI (former Prince Albert, Duke of York) and Queen Elizabeth (former Duchess of York, later Queen Mother) moving up the nave. Queen is first seated.

    King standing next to the throne while Archbishop of Canterbury asks the present whether they recognise their King. After that King is ready to take the oath.

    Quick glance at box with Queen Mary, Processes Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Margaret, Princess Marina Duchess of Kent, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Royal as they watching the ceremony.

    King seated at throne as the Archbishop asks him to give an oath to govern the Empire. After saying: "I will" - King signs the oath and is blessed with holy oils. Several shots of the ceremony and the people watching. King is seated and canopy is placed over the throne so the secret blessing with holy oils is not seen.

    King is given a golden robe to wear and a girdle to tie it with. Archbishop of Canterbury brings the sword of state from the altar and presents it to the King. Dean of Westminster places a collar over King's neck.

    He also presents him with a robe which he places over King's shoulders. King is given a Cross, a ring, a glove and two septers - septer of the cross and septer of the dove. Dean of Westminster brings then a crown from the altar and gives it to Archbishop of Canterbury who places it to the King's head. Piers shout "Long live the King" three times and fanfare announce the crowning.

    King is seated on the throne where he receives the homage to the throne. Archbishop of Canterbury kneels in front of the King and then kisses his cheek. Follow Duke of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Duke of Norfolk.

    Queen kneels to be crowned. Archbishop of Canterbury crowns the Queen. She receives the two septers and walks to the throne to pay homage to the King. Queen bows in front to the King.

    Procession moves slowly through the Abbey after the Coronation.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    921.15
    Media URN:
    13519
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1937
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:10:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:07:00 / 01:54:25:00
    Canister:
    37/39

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