When you think of the monarchy, most likely, the current Queen of England will be the person that springs to mind. She’s fiercely dedicated to her role, with one of her most famous quotes being “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service”.
But let’s face it – even those of us most passionate about our work can find parts of it dull at times. And the Queen, it appears, is no exception.
A diary entry has recently been uncovered, penned by a then 11-year-old Queen Elizabeth, who at the time was known at Princess Elizabeth of York, all about the day of her father King George VI’s coronation on 12th May 1937.
The entry details every aspect of the day – including the fact that the Princess woke at the early hour of 5.00am, ate an early breakfast, and dressed in a gown of “silk and cream lace” with “little gold bows all the way down the middle” and “puffed sleeves with one little bow in the centre”.
The future Queen then discusses how she kissed her mother goodbye, and boarded the carriage with her younger sister Margaret all the way to Westminster Abbey for the ceremony – “At first it was very jolty but we soon got used to it.”
Young Princess Elizabeth also details how fascinating she found the ceremony initially, writing “I thought it all very, very wonderful and I expect the Abbey did, too. The arches and beams at the top were covered with a sort of haze of wonder as Papa was crowned, at least I thought so.”
However, the future Queen of England later on admitted that the sheer length of the ceremony left her feeling more than a little bit restless, stating in her diary that the “inordinately long” ceremony seemed to go on for hours.
She continued, “At the end, the service got rather boring as it was all prayers” and admitted that she and her grandmother “smiled at each other” in relief when they saw the word “Finis” on the final page of the service booklet.
As is the norm, the Princess then spoke about gathering on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to the excited crowds, and revealed how it felt like there were “millions of people” down there.
Finally, the Princess wrote down how she was left so exhausted from the exciting day, that she fell into bed at 6pm with legs that “ached terribly”. We can’t say we blame her!