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Title:GAUMONT BRITISH NEWS ISSUE 352 - THE CORONATION [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 1085
Summary: The Coronation Ceremony of King George VI at Westminster Abbey, 12th May 1937.
Description: (Reel 1) Crowds wait, lining the processional route, for the Coronation Coach to emerge. The Duke of Norfolk, as Earl Marshal, has all prepared. The coach, with an escort of Life Guards, comes out of Buckingham Palace gates and down the Mall, then through Admiralty Arch, down Whitehall and across Parliament Square to the Abbey. The King and Queen enter the Abbey and the camera follows them inside as the procession goes up to the altar. The dignitaries take their places, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York prepare to start the ceremony. The Queen is seated to one side while the Queen Dowager watches with the Royal Princesses from a balcony. The ceremony begins with the 'recognition' of the King by the assembled Lords.
(Reel 2) The King then takes his place on the throne and is anointed by the Archbishops, then given the robes and instruments of office. The Lords Spiritual and Temporal, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, then give homage.
(Reel 3) The Queen's coronation follows, after which the procession leaves the Abbey and the Coronation Coach takes them back to Buckingham Palace. The Royal Family appears on the balcony to the cheers of the crowd, the young Princess Elizabeth giving a very characteristic wave.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: George VI, King (person)
Elizabeth, Queen (person)
Mary, Queen (person)
Elizabeth II, Queen (person)
Margaret, Princess (person)
Norfolk (Duke of) (person)
Lang, William Cosmo Gordon (person)
Canterbury, Archbishop of (person)
Temple, William (person)
York, Archbishop of (person)
British Army, Life Guards (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - state: coronation (George VI) (object name)
George VI, Coronation of & 12/5/1937 (event)
GB, England & London, SW <Buckingham Palace> (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <The Mall> (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <Westminster Abbey> (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <Whitehall> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 3
Footage: 1111 ft; Running time: 45 mins
Notes: Series continuity: the numbers IWM 1086 and IWM 1089 have been allocated to modern compilation film that is not always included in catalogues of the archival IWM series; there is no film held under the numbers IWM 1087 - IWM 1088 inclusive