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A Queen Is Crowned (1953)

TV-G | | Documentary, History | 1953 (Austria)
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A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953.


Christopher Fry (narrative)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Narrator (voice)
Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself
Prince Philip ... Himself - Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself - The Queen Mother
Prince Charles ... Himself
Duke of Gloucester Duke of Gloucester ... Himself
Louis Mountbatten ... Himself (as Admiral the Earl Mountbatten of Burma)
Edward Windsor Edward Windsor ... Himself (as Duke of Kent)
Bernard Fitzalan-Howard 16th Duke of Norfolk Bernard Fitzalan-Howard 16th Duke of Norfolk ... Himself (as The Earl Marshal of England)
Basil Brooke 1st Viscount Brookeborough Basil Brooke 1st Viscount Brookeborough ... Himself (as The Prime Minister of Northern Ireland)
Godfrey Huggins Godfrey Huggins ... Himself (as The Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia)
Dudley Shelton Senanayake Dudley Shelton Senanayake ... Himself (as The Prime Minister of Ceylon)
Muhammad Ali Bogra Muhammad Ali Bogra ... Himself (as The Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Jawaharlal Nehru ... Himself (as The Prime Minister of India)
D.F. Malan ... Himself (as The Prime Minister of South Africa)


A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953.

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The only full length Technicolor film of the coronation


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Release Date:

1953 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Königin wird gekrönt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont Kalee Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sir Laurence Olivier prerecorded the narration in May 1953 since the coronation rituals were known prior to the actual event. This allowed the footage of the coronation to be released almost immediately after it was shot on 2 June 1953. See more »


Featured in The Coronation (2018) See more »


Waiata Poi
Music by Alfred Hill
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God Save The Queen
20 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This event, the coronation of the British monarch happened only three times in the previous century. One of the British monarchs, Edward VIII had a funny thing happen to him on the way to his coronation, but that's another subject. The last time this happened was 1953 because the present monarch is a bit of living history herself.

What can you say about A Queen Is Crowned except that you are watching history unfold. Traditions that date back to almost a thousand years unfold before your eyes. Makes no difference that the current monarch is a constitutional one or has real ruling power. It's the spectacle that counts.

From the first ride to Westminster Abbey to the coronation ceremony itself and ending with the royal family's return to Buckingham Palace you don't want to blink. This current Queen is the glue that holds the British Commonwealth together by tradition. How long will this tradition be kept, who can say. Some over across the pond want to dispense with the royals. Then we'd miss something special as we see here, a people truly united in respect and love for their ruler.

Laurence Olivier's narration is part of, but never intrudes in what you are watching as all good documentary narrations should be. Color which was not as often used in Great Britain as in America is well photographed both inside the Abbey and the streets of London.

Elizabeth II will shortly be 92 the oldest monarch the United Kingdom ever had and the longest reign. Many more to you old, you are a class act as the role of Queen calls for you to be.

God Save The Queen.

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