Title ID 10041Collection ID1124
Title[Coronation Scenes]
Date12 May 1937
CollectionGordon Family
Genre/TypeAmateur ProfessionalTelevision companyFamily Home MovieNon-fictionNewsreel/News
ThemeCommemoration Family Life
KeywordsArmed Forces Buildings Children Commemorative Events Family Outings Passenger Vehicles Religious Buildings Royalty Uniforms
RegionalCity of London Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionPhilip Leslie Gordon British Movietone News
CameraPhilip Leslie Gordon; British Movietone News
ParticipantsHM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother; HM The King, George VI; Mary of Teck; Princess Elizabeth; Princess Margaret
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This black and white and colour edited film opens with a Movietone News film with added edited family footage of mixed military bands parading with the Royal Gold Coach along Oxford Street. The film-maker has also added views of Buckingham Palace, the Canada Gates and the Victoria Memorial to the second part of the film. The film ends with a British Movietone News end slate. [The Movietone news film is not included in the online clip]


[The first part of this film is not included in the online clip] This edited Home Cinema Release of a Movietone News film documents the Coronation events of HM King George VI in St Paul's Cathedral and standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace waving to the crowd with the Royal family - Queen Elizabeth (later The Queen Mother), Mary of Teck, HM King George VI, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret.

[Included in the online clip] The film cuts to colour street views of 349 Oxford Street, London opposite the Spread Eagle Public House, with the family watching the Gold State Coach and numerous mounted and foot military patrols from across the Commonwealth passing down the street. The groups include The Household Cavalry, Grenadier and Irish Guards, King's Royal Horse Artillery, Beefeaters / Yeomen Warders in dress uniform and a procession of State coaches and carriages. The film-maker captures close-ups of the King's Gold State Coach being pulled by white horses with footmen.

The film cuts to exterior views of Buckingham Palace from Constitution Hill/Pall Mall adjacent to the Queen Victoria Memorial, colour shots of the Canada Gates and the family walking along Buckingham Palace Road outside the Buckingham Palace.