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June 08, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II — Former Chorister Recalls Funny Moment during Her Coronation

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A former chorister, Allan Ledger, who performed during Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, recounts a funny mishap during the eventful ceremony 67 years ago.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, marked 67 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned the Queen of England in a spectacular coronation ceremony.

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While most of the world looks back at that special event with glamour and order, that isn't entirely the case through the lens of Allan Ledger, who was just nine years old when he took part in the ceremony.

The crown worn by her was the Geroge IV State Diadem, which has 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls with roses, shamrocks, and thistles.

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During an exclusive interview with People Magazine, the 77-year-old, who served as a chorister during the historic event at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, recounted a hilarious mishap that took place.

Talking about the coronation, which he describes as "the most spectacular royal event," Ledger recalled that he and the rest of the choristers were in awe of the ceremony's pomp and splendor.

However, despite the long hours of rehearsal and details that went into the ceremony, Allan recalls that it wasn't an entirely seamless event as there were many funny moments.

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One in particular that stood out to him was when the entire 8,000 guests of high caliber people in attendance stood up to receive the Queen's entrance only "to find out it was two cleaners" entering the chapel.

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Another hilarious mishap occurred when it was announced on Abbey's Loudspeaker that the Bishops could take a break, and he saw a multitude of officials in their robes running off to the loo. Apparently, they were holding it in for so long. 

People Magazine recalled an extraordinary detail in the Queen's outfit for the coronation― her golden shoes, which had a hidden style detail made exclusively for her.

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The bespoke shoes, which were designed by Roger Viver, a French shoemaker, in collaboration with British cobblers Delman Ltd, were made with a soft gold leather with the heels covered in rubies.

It featured a fleur-de-lys motif style and an invisible platform that helped the then-princess stand comfortably for the three-hour ceremony.

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As seen on the royal website, Queen Elizabeth's coronation took place in Westminister Abbey after she succeeded the throne, following her father King George VI's death.

For the ceremony, the monarch wore a white satin gown made by British designer Norman Hartnell which featured silver and gold embroidery of the emblems of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

 

The crown worn by her was the Geroge IV State Diadem, which has 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls with roses, shamrocks, and thistles.

The coverage of the coronation aired by BBC was watched by 27 million people on television and listened to on the radio by 11 million.

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