The Queen made one mistake at her coronation – but only the Archbishop noticed
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The Queen made only one error during her first-of-its-kind coronation service on June 2, 1953 – but thankfully, not many people noticed.
A 25-year-old Elizabeth was coronated at Westminister Abbey in a 3-hour-long ceremony that fused the modern technological era with Great British tradition.
But during the first-ever televised coronation, the Queen made a minor mistake as she did not curtsey with her Maids of Honor at the north pillar of the Abbey.
Thankfully, the 300 million viewers who tuned in to the coronation service didn’t notice the blunder.
But the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, Geoffrey Francis Fisher, noticed it.
According to a Telegraph article from 2013, he wrote in his diary: "The Maids of Honour regretted it because they had taken much time to get it just right, and I regretted it because from the Altar the sight of the Queen and the Maids of Honour curtseying was a very lovely one."
However, despite the minor blunder, the Queen was widely congratulated for her performance during her Coronation, which helped to lift the national mood after World War 2.
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Speaking to royal commentator Alastair Bruce in January 2018, the Queen herself also revealed some interesting information about the day she officially became Britain’s monarch.
She revealed that St Edward’s Crown is used to crown the monarch, but the crown she wears more frequently, the Imperial State Crown of England as the ceremonial crown is too heavy.
Her Majesty said: "You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to put the speech up – because if you did, your neck would break. The Crown would fall off!
"So, there are some disadvantages to crowns but otherwise they’re quite important things."
The Queen, aged 95, is the longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch in British history with 68 years on the throne.
Despite being coronated in 1953, Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father King George VI.
Her husband, Prince Philip, who passed away on April 9, 2021, was the longest-serving consort to the crown.
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