Following the death of her father King George VI on 6 February 1952, the 25 year old Princess Elizabeth immediately replaced him as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth. But many months of planning were to follow before Elizabeth II's formal coronation on 2 June 1953. This fascinating documentary tells the behind the scenes story of the momentous occasion, looking at the enormous logistical operation involved and the issues that threatened to turn the whole thing into a disaster. The coronation was an event of huge cultural significance, seen as an opportune moment for the British royal family to establish the meaning of the modern monarchy - reinforcing the idea of continuity and tradition, while establishing the new reign of the young queen and her modernizing consort, the Duke of Edinburgh. By opening up the diaries and papers of those at the heart of the planning and delivery of the event, The Coronation shows the lesser known story behind the pageantry and spectacle.