QUEEN ELIZABETH II’s coronation could have been ruined without the help of one the Queen’s ushers spotting a dire issue with a maid of honour.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was watched by millions across the globe and an estimated 3 million Londoners took to the streets in celebration. ITV’s documentary, Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals, detailed an event that could have caused the Queen great embarrassment on her big day, however. During the documentary, maid of honour Lady Anne Cook recounted feeling faint during the ceremony and everything going black.
She also explained how the quick thinking and eagle eyes of one of the Queen’s ushers prevented disaster.
Lady Anne said: “I had my file of smelling salt, not that they did much good.
“I started to sway, I couldn’t see, everything was black it was awful.
“I thought I can’t let the Queen down, I could ruin the whole thing.
Queen heartbreak: Coronation nearly RUINED as maid of honour left in awkward spot (Image: Getty)
maid of honour Lady Anne Cook recounted feeling faint during the ceremony and everything going black. (Image: Getty)
“All of the cameras, there were millions of people all over the world were watching it.”
Thankfully, one of the Queen’s ushers, the Black Rod, was able to manage the crisis at the time.
Lady Anne also detailed how she got through the awkward situation unnoticed.
She said: “Suddenly I had this wonderful arm pinning me to pillar at the back.
Lady Ann explained the immense scale of the coronation and the pressure of being part of the event. (Image: Getty)
“Luckily he did not use his rod but he used his arm.
“He kept me up just long enough for me to recover.”
Lady Ann also opened up about the immense scale of the coronation and the pressure of being part of the event.
She said: “I remember standing at the door and suddenly we heard a roar and we knew she must be coming.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was watched by millions across the globe and an estimated 3 million Londoners took to the streets in celebration (Image: Getty)
“The roar got louder and louder and louder.
“Then around the corner came the stagecoach, the colour, the music, it was like a Disney film.
“It was simply absolutely unreal.”
The Queen was officially crowned on June 2, 1953, over a year after she took on the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, in February 1952.
Her Majesty has been ruling over the UK and heading the Commonwealth for nearly 68 years and is the longest-ruling British monarch in history.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK