The Coronation
GenreDocumentary film
Narrated byKeeley Hawes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Running time60 minutes
Production companyAtlantic Productions
Original release
NetworkBBC One (UK)
Smithsonian Channel (US)
ABC (Australia)
Release14 January 2018 (2018-01-14)

The Coronation is a 2018 British television documentary made to commemorate the Sapphire Jubilee of Elizabeth II, the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth II.

It was broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2018. The documentary also aired on the Smithsonian Channel in the United States on the same day,[1] and was shown on ABC in Australia on 4 February 2018.[2] It was made by Atlantic Productions and distributed by FremantleMedia International.[3]

In the hour-long documentary, Queen Elizabeth II speaks candidly to Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, royal commentator for Sky News, about her experience of the coronation and some of the Crown Jewels used in the ceremony.[4] The Queen had never been interviewed on camera, and the exchange, which often seemed like an interview, was officially described as a "conversation".[5]


  1. ^ "The Coronation". Smithsonian Channel. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ "ABC to celebrate 65th anniversary of her majesty The Queen's coronation". ABC (Australia). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ "BBC One to tell the story of the symbols of the Coronation in a special new film announced as part of the Royal Collection Season". BBC. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. ^ Guardian staff and agencies (12 January 2018). "The Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ Ellen Barry (14 January 2018). "It's the Ultimate TV Prize: An Unscripted Queen Elizabeth". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2018.