“Hello Old Bean!” – Charles’s Coronation Capers and Heartfelt Encounters Paint a Touching Portrait of the King’s First Year

Charles’s First Year: Balancing Ceremony and Smiles

A Glimpse Behind the Crown:

BBC One’s new documentary, “Charles III: The Coronation Year,” offers a rare peek into King Charles’s first year on the throne, blending the grandeur of official duties with heartwarming moments of family and everyday life.

Coronation Capers:

Rehearsals for the historic event reveal Prince William’s playful side as he jokes about the “fiddly” clasp on the King’s stole and tickles his father’s face to decide which cheek deserves a kiss.

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury gets drawn into the lighthearted exchanges, with Charles hilariously urging him to “jam” the crown on with confidence.

Queenly Quip:

The documentary captures the Queen’s characteristic wit as she readily agrees to kneel for her anointing with a cheerful “Yes, righto!” Her Lady in Attendance, Lady Landsdowne, observes Camilla’s similar ability to balance seriousness with a well-timed wink, revealing a deeper side to the Queen Consort.

Crowning Glory (with Relief):

Lady Lansdowne recounts a “funny moment” when Camilla seemed hesitant during the crowning ceremony.

But Princess Anne explains it as natural stage fright, a sentiment echoed by Camilla’s other Lady in Attendance, Annabel Elliot, who sees pride and a sense of accomplishment in the King’s eyes.

Beyond the Formalities:

Charles’s affection for his family shines through as he greets Princess Anne with a warm “Hello old bean” and a kiss on the hand.

Balmoral offers another glimpse into his life, showcasing his dedication to work as he meticulously reviews documents with his private secretary.

A Year of Service:

The documentary underscores the King and Queen Consort’s tireless efforts, with 571 engagements, three state visits, over 2,000 people met, and 1,000 honors awarded in their first year alone.

Tune In:

Charles III: The Coronation Year promises to be a captivating journey, revealing the human side of the monarchy amidst the weighty responsibilities of the crown.

Don’t miss it on BBC One on December 26th at 6.50pm.

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