GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Prince of Wales is paying a personal tribute to Queen Elizabeth, on the occasion of her diamond jubilee celebrations, in a British television broadcast to be aired Friday 1 June.
In the hour-long tribute, which presents previously unreleased footage from family movies, Prince Charles shares childhood memories of the Queen. He talks about how his mother had to practice wearing the heavy St Edward’s crown ahead of her coronation in 1953. “I remember my Mama coming, you know, up, when we were being bathed as children, wearing the crown. It was quite funny – practising”, he says.
In the documentary, the prince explains that in commemorating the queen’s 60 years on the throne, “The Diamond Jubilee gives us the chance to celebrate with pride all that the Queen means to us — whether as a nation or as one of her children”.
Queen Elizabeth is the second longest reigning British monarch, after Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 to 1903.
The “Jubilee Tribute to the Queen” is scheduled to be aired on BBC1 at 8pm GMT.