Friday, 1 June 2012

The Queen & Me


BBC One Northern Ireland will be broadcasting a special programme on Sunday, 3rd June, about HM The Queen's visit to the Province on the year of the Coronation:-

On a warm sunny July day in 1953, Gloria Hunniford was out riding her bicycle on a country road when a cavalcade of cars coming towards her made her pull in to the hedge. Driving past her in an open-topped car she saw the newly-crowned QUEEN ELIZABETH II.

Gloria has never forgotten this special childhood memory, and within The Queen and Me she retraces the steps of the Queen on her very first visit to Northern Ireland as Monarch.

In the programme, Gloria sets out to discover just why Her Majesty was here, where she went and whom she met. Interweaving the memories of those who were there with remarkable vintage film, a story unfolds of a magical and intimate royal visit to Northern Ireland unlike any other.

From the then nine-year old Roberta Simpson who presented Her Majesty with damask cushion-covers in Ballymena, to Lisburn amateur film maker Harold Patterson, and Ballymoney St John Ambulance leader Mollie Holmes, we hear first-hand what it was like to meet The Queen, as those who were there share their memories, souvenirs and stories of the occasion.

Gloria delves into the archived press coverage of the royal visit to discover that we were as fascinated by what HM was wearing then as we are by The Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe today.

Following in HM's footsteps she takes the train through Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine to the beautiful north Antrim coast where, in 1953, the Royal Train stopped for lunch so that the royal party could enjoy the scenery.

The Queen And Me will be shown on Sunday, 3rd June, at 12pm, on BBC One NI, and will be repeated on Monday 4th June at 11.10pm. 

There is a preview clip on the Diamond Jubilee website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00t7byy

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