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🎧 THE CORONATION: THE QUEEN’S MAIDS OF HONOUR

Recording from Chalke Valley History Festival 2018.
Roaring crowds, rehearsals and dress fittings, fainting fits, furtive sips of brandy and Scottish toffees from the Privy Purse, these are amongst the memories of the Maids of Honour chosen to accompany the Queen on her Coronation Day. Lady Anne Glenconner (then Coke, middle left) and Lady Rosemary Muir (then Spencer-Churchill, far right), two of the six women who filled this important role, gives a scintillating insight into their experience of this historic occasion. In conversation with Hugo Vickers, they also talk about growing up at Holkham Hall and Blenheim Palace.

🎧 CECIL BEATON – MALICE IN WONDERLAND

Audio from Chalke Valley History Festival 2018.
Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Oscar–winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. In this talk, his authorised biographer, Hugo Vickers, explores his legacy, a Renaissance man whose style and wit dominated so much of the 20th century.