Edited by Excalibur on January 15, 2018, 10:10 am
Stripping it to its basics, I liked that this insight itself stripped the ritual of Coronation to its basics, and hung everything off the five elements that constitute what has been handed down to us as far back as Alfred and beyond.
Recognition, Oath, Anointing, Investiture, Enthronement. All set within the Mass (the Communion Service since the Reformation), the centrality of the Anointing was emphasised as the transformative moment when the Monarch is consecrated into the Sovereign role.
As this is a series focusing on the Royal Collection, the Crown Jewels themselves were at the forefront and there was some good background on the history of certain items and jewels.
There was a good splattering of amusing asides and genuinely funny moments, not least from The Queen herself, which acted as a gentle counterbalance to the serious nature of what we were viewing.
The programme is now available on the BBC iPlayer, which is hopefully accessible from around the world:
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