PRINCE Charles made history at the Queen’s coronation for one surprising reason, it has been revealed.
The heir to the throne was the first child to watch Her Majesty being crowned 67 years ago. Yesterday, June 2, marked 67 years since the Queen came to the throne, meaning she is one of the longest-reigning monarchs in history.
The event was witnessed by 8,000 guests, but Prince Charles, who was 4 years old at the time, was the only child in attendance.
The Royal Family’s official Instagram account posted an image of Prince Charles’ exclusive invitation.
The hand-painted card features British guards in bearskin hats plating instruments, as well as a lion and a unicorn, the Queen’s royal coat of arms emblems.
The invitation reads: “By Command of The Queen the Earl Marshal is directed to invite His Royal Highness Prince Charles to the Coronation.”
Prince Charles made history at the Queen’s coronation (Image: Getty)
During the ceremony Prince Charles was photographed looking bored with his head resting on his hand.
He was pictured flanked by his grandmother the Queen Mother and aunt Princess Margaret.
Once he joined the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony he began to look more entertained as he waves to the crowds and watched the Royal Air Force flypast over the Mall.
Princess Anne, who was two years old at the time, stood next to him on the balcony but she could not attend the ceremony due to her young age.
Prince Charles got a special hand-painted invitation (Image: instagram.com/theroyalfamily)
Queen Elizabeth’s coronation event was the first to be shown on television.
Some 27 million people tuned into the television broadcast and a further 11 million were listening to the radio.
During her radio address, the Queen delivered a speech thanking people for their support and expressing her appreciation for the Commonwealth.
She said: “The ceremonies you have seen today are ancient, and some of their origins are veiled in the mists of the past.
The Royal Family waved at the crowds from the Buckingham Palace balcony (Image: Getty)
“But their spirit and their meaning shine through the ages never, perhaps, more brightly than now.
“I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine.
“Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”
In a BBC documentary filmed some 65 years later the Queen described the day of her coronation.
She mentioned that the procession to and from Westminster Abbey had been “horrible.”
“It’s only sprung on leather,” she said of the coach, adding: “Not very comfortable.”
She also remembered many years later a detail about her lengthy coronation robe.
The Queen described the day of her coronation in a BBC documentary (Image: instagram.com/theroyalfamily)
“I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn’t move at all,” she said.
In 1969, Prince Charles participated in his own ceremony when he was given the title of Prince of Wales.
The Queen bequeathed to her son five items of regalia: a sword, a coronet, a ring, the gold rod and the kingly mantle.
Prince Charles, who was 20 years old on the day of the ceremony, took an oath: “I, Charles, Prince of Wales, do become your liege man of life and limb and of earthly worship and faith and truth I will bear unto thee to live and die against all manner of folks.”
The ceremony was depicted in season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown.
In the programme, actress Olivia Coleman portrays the Queen bestowing the insignia to a young Prince Charles, played by actor Josh O’Connor.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK