1953 June 2
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is televised in a programme lasting almost 10 hours. It stimulates the purchase and rental of television sets and takes the television audience size ahead of radio for the first time. The day becomes a folk memory for those who lived through it.
Behind the organ screen in the heights of Westminster Abbey, the cameramanin full morning dress and white gloves, with decorationshas to sit sideways to make room for the orchestra. The camera is covered with black velvet into which holes have been cut to reduce overheating.
Commentators describe the event for audiences in numerous other countries, being provided with a picture monitor to see the programme picture feed.
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