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Queen Elizabeth in 3D
Debut: Monday September 20 at 7 pm on CBC-TV
Repeating: Wednesday September 22 & Saturday September 25 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network
Queen Elizabeth in 3D looks back at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and her special relationship with Canadians over her almost sixty year reign.
Coronation. London, England: Queen Elizabeth, just after the crowning. Read some interesting facts about the monarchy. Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS
In June 1953, the world witnessed the greatest royal spectacle in British history – the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Millions lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the fairy-tale procession. Millions more watched at home. All they could see were grainy black and white images on tiny TVs, many bought specially for the occasion.
But the TV cameras were not alone. Amidst the pomp and the pageantry two young men were experimenting with a revolutionary new technology. For half a century the results of their experiment were lost to the world.
To find any unseen film archive of the Queen in her Coronation week would be an amazing discovery. To find colour footage would be even more extraordinary. So when researchers at the British Film Institute opened some long forgotten film canisters, they were astonished to find footage of the Queen from 1953 in colour, and in 3D. Royal Review is truly one of the film finds of the century.
Incorporating spectacular footage from Royal Review and through the magic of 3D you will be transported back in time and space to re-live the Coronation experience. You will see the Queen as the young, beautiful woman she was – so real and so close, it’s almost like being there.
CBC crew filming the Queen at the Queen's plate at Woodbine racetrack. Find out more about the behind the scenes action.
As well as the spectacular 3D Coronation footage, our 3D camera crew was invited to film Her Majesty at a very exclusive garden party at Buckingham Palace. Our 3D cameras were also there with Her Majesty to capture the magical moments on the recent royal tour. We were there as she reviewed an international flotilla in Bedford Basin to commemorate the centennial of the Canadian Navy.
We were there on Parliament Hill for Canada Day celebrations. And we were there for the glamour and excitement of the running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack - all in fabulous 3D.
Queen Elizabeth has been to Canada on several occasions, more so than any other country. And she made her feelings clear on her recent visit when on arrival in Halifax she stated, “It’s good to be home.”
Queen Elizabeth in 3D will also feature some amazing footage from past royal visits:
- In 1951 the young Princess Elizabeth visited almost the entire country. Everywhere she went the crowds turned out to see her.
- She came back to open our parliament in 1957. She gave the speech from her throne wearing her Coronation gown.
- Two years later she was here for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The first official vessel through the Seaway was the Royal Yacht Britannia – with Her Majesty, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and US President Dwight D. Eisenhower on board.
- Along with seventeen million other visitors she came to Montreal for Expo ’67.
- In 1982 she sat down with Prime Minister Trudeau to sign the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- With the Great One standing beside her she dropped the puck in Vancouver in 2002.
Queen Elizabeth in 3D presents Her Majesty as you have never seen her before.
Queen Elizabeth in 3D is an historic milestone in Canadian broadcasting. It is the first 3D documentary to be broadcast in Canada.