The BBC has announced that it will be presenting a special "season" of programing this year to honor the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen was crowned on June 2, 1953 and this effort will "celebrate and showcase the history," the broadcaster says.
Included in the season will be a re-mastered version of her Abbey coronation service in full airing Sunday, June 2 on BBC Parliament, a digital channel. BBC Studios and Post Production (a company) have restored that footage. It will air at exactly the same time as the original coronation, from 10:15 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.
BBC One will air The Queen: A Passion For Horses, a special that looks at the queen's fondness for horses. Clare Balding will serve as the host of that program and it will feature behind-the-scenes footage of Elizabeth as she engages her horses in training. It will look at her 65 plus year career as one of the country’s top breeders.
"The queen is one of the most accomplished and respected breeders in Britain, with an especially impressive knowledge of thoroughbreds; she has bred the winners of over 1,600 races," said Balding, whose family has trained horses for the queen.
Another show from BBC One will be The People's Coronation, which sees David Dimbley revisiting the coronation through the eyes of the people who participated and celebrated it across the United Kingdom.