King and Queen share behind the scenes footage of Coronation rehearsalson December 16, 2023 at 12:07 am

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BBC documentary captures nervous rehearsals and the emotion of friends ahead of the Coronation.

King Charles on his Coronation Day

Behind the scenes footage of the King and Queen during their Coronation rehearsals has been released by the BBC.

A documentary, to be broadcast on Boxing Day, will reveal private moments that the public did not get to see.

Cameras captured the nervous rehearsals and the emotion of friends and family as they followed the King and Queen as they prepared for Coronation Day.

The King and Queen are also seen joking and laughing during dress rehearsals.

The 90-minute documentary Charles III: The Coronation Year features exclusive footage of the King and Queen in the first year of King Charles’s reign.

In one clip, King Charles holds up his robes like wings during a practice run in Buckingham Palace and says: “I can fly”.

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Another moment shows Queen Camilla’s sister, Annabel Elliot, who was a “Queen’s Companion” at the event.

In one of the clips released, she is seen looking tearful as she watches her sister head to Westminster Abbey to be crowned Queen.

“When I thought back to being two years old and watching the Queen’s Coronation on a tiny black and white television and there goes this golden coach with my sister in it,” she says.

“I can’t explain the feeling because its so surreal. This cannot be happening. It was quite a moment.”

The programme also shows the Queen in her Coronation gown at Buckingham Palace as she prepares to leave for the Abbey.

She reminds herself to walk slowly. She warns the pages not to stand on her dress and she refers to them as the “lads”.

Queen Camilla on Coronation Day

One of the Queen’s closest friends, Fiona, Marchioness of Landsdowne, was also a “Queen’s Companion” on Coronation Day.

She described seeing her long-time friend, Camilla, for the first time that morning.

“It wasn’t until we were all ready that we actually all came together to see each other for the first time,” she said.

“It was a very special moment. That was when it was like a wedding. The bridesmaids going to see the bride.”

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In the run up to the Coronation Service, not everything went to plan, even for the most experienced hands.

Inside Westminster Abbey, cameras showed one of the final rehearsals.

The King is sat on the Coronation Chair, surrounded by clergy as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, practises his blessing.

But the Archbishop forgets his words.

A laughing King does not seem perturbed by what the Archbishop described as a “glitch”, comparing his memory to one of his spaniels.

On Coronation Day, so much was shared with public who watched the event in their millions.

This film shows the private, unguarded moments of a royal family and their friends during an historic year for the British Monarchy.

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