People, believe me..it was 1953, not 1952. George VI died in 1952. The coronation was
the following year.
Rod Stephens wrote:
> Well, back then on June 2nd of 1952, we here in America were also
> fascinated by the pomp and glamour of an attractive young princess
> taking her place on the British Royal throne.
> One of my prized possessions is a three LP set on "His Master's Voice"
> from the Gramophone Company Limited (ALP 1056, 1057 and 1058) "recorded
> by direct line from the B.B.C. transmission". My only complaint was
> that the commentators, John Snagge and Howard Marshall, talked over some
> of the glorious choral music.
> Yes, those were happier and kinder days!
> Rod Stephens
> Family Theater Productions
> David Lennick wrote:
> >"Richard L. Hess" wrote:
> >>That is interesting as the only other time I ran across Utah tapes
> >>were on the reels as you described and they were from someone who
> >>grew up in Montreal, so I had assumed it was a Canadian outfit
> >>(despite it's name). One of the tapes he had me transfer was Queen
> >>Elizabeth's Coronation in 1952 and although you indicated that the
> >>unit had a radio in it, it sure sounded as if they had mic'd the radio.
> >Incidentally, the Coronation was in June 1953..I remember getting up to listen to
> >it (when those things actually mattered to Canadians). It was also relayed by short
> >wave. Solitaire Records in Toronto actually put out HM's Coronation Speech on a
> >two-sided 78 in a souvenir envelope, taken off the short-wave broadcast.
> >(Meanwhile, the current Governor General is about to leave office, having
> >squandered thousands of dollars on pointless world tours, is about to publish her
> >memoirs, and is going to steal the limelight from the installation of the NEW
> >Governor General who's already in hot water for her dual citizenship, her marriage
> >to an alleged Separatiste, and the kerfuffle over her new gown being shown to the
> >public before she got to wear it. Any wonder I'm a tad cynical about the Monarchy
> >these days?)