Coronation (2)

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Coronation (2)

a)  Dress.

P.M.

 All Ministers shd. wear at least Levée coat, or full-dress if they have it.

B.H.

 So shd. all P.C.'s.

P.M.

 b)  Peer's Coaches.

  Let Earl Marshal consider again wtr. those who wish to use them may not do so.

Sim.

 c)  Seats in Abbey.

  Propose another 30 for H/L. and another 40 for H/C. - at expense of Services etc.

Sal.

 Will be ready to make H/L. accept 910:  Cdn't bring it off }
  at a lesser figure.   }Agreed.
 N. cd. then go ahead on H/L.  Further delay to 25/11, }
  to canvass opinion in H/C.

P.M.

 Suggested by M/W. tht. 260 for Col. be increased to 280.  Has bn. agreed by Cor. Commn.
 Earl Marshal to be asked to broaden repn of women's organisations.  Agreed.  Repn for employers - only 16.  M/W. asks for 50.  W.M. supported:  won't compare with 22 for natd indies and 60  for T.U.'s and 6 for Co-ops. Agreed:  recommend 40,or more if natd indies can do with less.

D.E.

 H/C. seats.  [690 - ] betwn. 546 M.P.'s who are not P.C.'s = 1.000 with wives:  900 likely to want to come.  Cdn't therefore avoid ballot, and that wd. cause gt. ill-feeling

Sal. 

Wrong argument:  they are M.P.'s.

D.E.

 Leaves a gap of 350, which ever way you do/sum.

B.H.

 M.P.'s think they have an even better 'right' to attend than Peers.
  That's why we asked for delay to canvass opinions - many
  with young children may prefer 4 seats (free) outside - prs.
  plus view of dress rehearsal.

 d)  Television. 

 Draft of Earl Marshal's announcement approved subject to amendment.

Sw.

 Omit final recommn.  Criterion is what camera takes, not where it is.

Sal.

e)  Service Reviews. 

 R.A.F. Review wd. involve scratchg. attce at  R. Tournament.  Army will have no show at all. 

P.M.

 R.A.F. Review wd. hardly be worth the effort.  Fly-past on the Day.  de L. Not same thing.

A.H.

Tournament will be a Coronn do - with Dom & Col. troops as central feature.  They will be v. disappointed if Queen can't attend.

de L. 

Wd take H. Park if need be.

Al. 

No interference with Tournament.  Consider H. Park in lieu.

Sal.

Or in July.

de L. 

I wd. accept a later date, at an airfield. Agreed.  Sal. to consult Palace.

Taken from C.C. 96(52) - Meeting held on 13 November 1952.