PUBLISHED: 12:41, Sat, May 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:07, Sat, May 23, 2020
The monarch was just 27 when she was crowned Queen on June 2 1953 following the death of her father King George VI. The young mother looked resplendent in a flamboyant gown which took eight months to design and was surrounded by six attentive maids of honour including her friend Lady Anne Glenconner. Speaking on a new documentary, the 87-year-old revealed how each of the women were given a bottle of smelling salts on the day to help them in case they started to feel faint.
But Lady Glenconner, the daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, said the salts did not prove to be very useful when she found herself in an “awful” medical situation.
She had been feeling the pressure as the eyes of millions of viewers were on her during the Westminster Abbey ceremony which was broadcast live.
Speaking on ITV's The Queen: Inside the Crown documentary, she explained how she had kept some of the salts in her glove in case she needed help.
She said: "Not that they did much good.
The Queen's coronation in 1953 was almost ruined by a fainting incident (Image: GETTY)
Lady Anne Glenconner pictured third from left on the Queen's coronation day (Image: GETTY)
"I started to sway, everything was black. I couldn't see, everything was black. It was awful.
"I thought I can't let the Queen down.
"I could ruin the whole thing. All the cameras, millions of people all over the world watching.
Lady Glenconner told of how a Black Rod stepped in to save the day by holding her up when she was inclined to fall over.
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The Queen's coronation in 1953 (Image: GETTY)