Queen ‘convinced’ by Prince Philip to embrace ‘new kind of intimacy’ with her people as monarch

The Queen’s coronation was watched by millions across the world though it seems she wasn’t always sure about being filmed like this…

Queen 'convinced' by Prince Philip to embrace television broadcasts
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The Queen was reportedly “convinced” by Prince Philip to embrace a key feature of her reign that led to a “new kind of intimacy” being demanded of her as monarch. 


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend might now be over but the best Platinum Jubilee moments featuring Her Majesty and the extended Royal Family will be remembered for many decades to come. The Queen’s celebrations were also televised live, allowing millions of people at home to enjoy watching the packed schedule of events in honor of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. But whilst the broadcasting of royal moments has become more commonplace in recent years, this wasn’t always the case. 

And according to author and historian Amanda Foreman, it seems that Prince Philip played a huge part in encouraging the Queen to embrace television as a major part of her reign.  Opening up to Harper’s Bazaar (opens in new tab), she discussed the momentous impact of the Queen’s coronation being televised for the very first time. 

And it seems that this soon led to far more being “demanded” of Her Majesty...

She revealed, “The 1953 broadcast enabled 27 million Britons and 55 million Americans to participate in the ‘show’ from the comfort of their homes. It was a new kind of intimacy that demanded more from Elizabeth II than any previous monarch.”

Amanda then went on to suggest that after initially being reluctant to be filmed in this way, it was actually the late Duke of Edinburgh who “convinced” the Queen of its importance. 

“The Queen had resisted being filmed, but having been convinced by Prince Philip of its necessity, she worked to master the medium,” the author and historian claimed. “She practiced reading off a teleprompter so that her 1957 Christmas speech, the first to be telecast, would appear warm and natural.” 

Queen Elizabeth II smiling towards The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh just before the end of her first Christmas Day television speech

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Since the Queen’s first TV Christmas speech, Her Majesty’s festive addresses have become a firm favorite for many families on Christmas Day. Reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to what could come, the Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip in her most recent speech as she marked her first festive season since his passing. 

Coming across every bit as “warm and natural” as she’d hoped to be all those years ago, Prince Philip’s reported encouragement to embrace television as a key aspect of her reign has had a huge impact. He is also said to have been hugely involved in the decision to televise her coronation - a moment Amanda believes instigated a “new kind of intimacy” demanded of the Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh was a constant source of support to the Queen in his lifetime and her beloved “strength and stay” was made the Chair of her Coronation Commission. According to the Royal Collection Trust (opens in new tab), Prince Philip “particularly encouraged” the live television broadcast of certain parts of the Coronation Service.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of the coronation, Buckingham Palace

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This went on to be a huge success and the coronation remains one the stand-out moments of the Queen’s reign. Since then other major royal occasions have also been televised live, including the emotional Service of Thanksgiving for Prince Philip earlier this year. 

Whilst the most recent example is of course none other than the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, where fans tuned in to watch everything from the Platinum Party at the Palace to the Trooping the Color broadcast. Looking ahead it’s not clear what the text televised royal moment might be, but it seems the Queen has truly embraced this key aspect of her reign. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.