In a diary entry on 12 May 1937, 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth of York, the future Queen recorded the experience of watching her father’s coronation at Westminster Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth is now the longest reigning British monarch. She has an impressive 65 years to the crown. It’s not quite easy to imagine her as a bored little girl during her father’s own coronation.
At the time of the diary extract, the Queen was known as Princess Elizabeth of York. She wrote about the day her father, King George VI, became the ruling monarch on 12th May 1937.
THE MORNING ROUTINE.
Details from her perspective include waking up at 5am and taking an early breakfast.That is before dressing in a gown of ‘silk and cream lace’, with ‘little gold bows all the way down the middle and puffed sleeves with one little bow in the center’.
Queen Elizabeth also goes on to explain that after kissing her mother goodbye, she boarded the carriage with her little sister, Margaret. Both of them, then headed to Westminster Abbey.
A WORD FROM QUEEN.
‘I thought it all very, very, wonderful and I expect the Abbey did, too. The arches and beams at the top were covered with a sort of haze of wonder as Papa was crowned, at least I thought so,’ she wrote in her diary.
FROM THE WRITER.
However, all that wasn’t enough to keep young Princess, Elizabeth, preoccupied and busy. Queen Elizabeth also states that the whole thing was ‘inordinately long and tiring’. ‘At the end, the service got rather boring as it was all prayers’, she confessed.
The coronation eventually left the now-Queen, so exhausted that her legs ‘ached awfully’. Due to this she was tucked up in bed by 6pm that day.