King Charles rehearses for his Coronation in never-before-seen moment in new BBC documentary on his first year as monarch
- Charles III: The Coronation Year will air on BBC One for its Christmas schedule
A smiling King Charles can be seen rehearsing for his coronation in a shot from an unprecedented new BBC documentary charting his first year as king.
The never seen before moment – in which His Majesty’s suit can be seen peeking out from under his robes as he sits on The Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey – comes from Charles III: The Coronation Year, a new 90-minute documentary for BBC One that is to be one of the highlights of its Christmas schedule.
The production team were given privilege behind-the-scenes access during landmark moments of the first year of Charles and Camilla’s reign in and around Buckingham Palace.
A royal aide said permission was given in order to capture an ‘historic moment for the nation as well as the Royal Family’.
‘It’s a beautiful film and we hope it will illustrate the complexities that went into the coronation itself, as well as show people a little of the hard work that’s goes in change of reign,’ they added.
His Majesty’s suit can be seen peeking out from under his robes as he sits on The Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey in BBC One’s Charles III: The Coronation Year
The production team were given privilege behind-the-scenes access during landmark moments of the first year of Charles and Camilla’s reign
It is understood to feature ‘significant’ interviews with friends of Queen Camilla as well as a ‘moving’ interview with the King’s sister, Princess Anne.
Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and written and co-produced by the Mail’s Robert Hardman, it will air this December as part of the BBC’s Christmas offering.
The broadcaster said yesterday that it includes ‘unrivalled insights from many of those involved, as well as moments of great poignancy and humour’.
Simon Young, BBC Head of History, Factual Commissioning, said: ‘At the heart of this story is a man who is taking on the job that has always awaited him.
‘Everyone wants to know how he takes on that challenge. This film captures a behind the scenes view of the King and his coronation the like of which has never been seen before.’
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