I just watched Queen and the Coronation. It detailed only a little about the coronation itself but was more into when The Queen came to the throne. She and PP were living at Clarence House. He was so happy there as he and Princess Elizabeth, as she was then, had redecorated and had spent a lot of money in that involvement,made it a real family home and PP was VERY proud of it. But once the Queen's father died and it was evident that they would have to haul their young family down the road to Buckingham Palace, boy PP was NOT happy about it.
He fought it all the way, even telling them how 'convenient' it would be to have/leave the children, young Charles and Anne, at the home they knew, and just use Buckingham Palace as 'The Office". But he was outdone and reluctantly had to move.
His first experience of Buckingham Palace was how military it was run, even down to the stark white dishes.He was said to be seen by a butler smashing his hand on the kitchen benchtop in frustration. No he couldn't just call his wife. If he wanted to speak to her he had to 'send a butler half a mile down the bloody road'. So he tried in vain to equip the palace with walky talkies ('well they do in the navy!'),but the QM was not amused. Eventually he was allowed to introuce the telephone. Imagine his frustration at realising he was sharing his marital home with his mother-in-law AND sister-in-law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????? AND asking his Mother-in-law if he could DO things! Not.
And hows this for discrimination! On the day of the Coronation, (it was 16 months in the planning), the people who were going to watch from the footpaths were told not to have sex the night before, or 24 hours, before the coronation incase some of their deed was passed to the monarchy as they rode past?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is probably the only time i've realised what poor PP had to endure.
Not only could he NOT give his children his last name ('I'm the only man in England who can't pass his family name down to his own children'), but he was told by his WIFE that he could take over the responsibility of co-ordinating the coronation. He was barked down. He was told by the government (Churchill) that 'This is the way it should be done and this is the way it's going to be done'.
.....know wonder the old guy is GRUMPY, geez.