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The Queen’s Platinum record - Gyles Brandreth

Regulars | By Gyles Brandreth

Vivat regina! The 1953 coronation

Gyles Brandreth's first memory of Elizabeth II was her coronation, when he was five

What is your first recollection of the Queen? Mine dates back to Coronation Day, 2nd June 1953. I am five and sitting on my father’s shoulders, in the rain in the middle of the crowd in the Mall, holding onto to his forehead with one hand while trying to manage my folding Palitoy periscope with the other. The periscope, made of cardboard and tin mirrors, was designed to let you see over the heads of a crowd, but when I peered into mine all I saw was a murky reflection of my own face. I don’t think we had assembled the contraption quite right. ...

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