Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

The BBC are to air a string of programmes to commemorate 60 years since Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

The British broadcaster have announced a number of TV and radio shows to mark the historical occasion, including the first airing of a digitally remastered broadcast of the Abbey Coronation Service in which she became queen.

The broadcast will follow the exact times of the original coronation - the first to be televised - airing between 10.15am and 5.20pm on June 2.

Other special shows include 'The Queen: A Passion For Horses', which will be hosted by Clare Balding and featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the monarch and her beloved animals, charting her 65-year career as one of Britain's top horse breeders.

Clare said: "The queen is one of the most accomplished and respected breeders in Britain, with an especially impressive knowledge of thoroughbreds; she has bred the winners of over 1,600 races.

"This is a wonderful chance to tell the story of The Queen's abiding passion for horses and her astonishing career in racing."

David Dimbleby - whose father presented the original 1953 coronation broadcast - will front 'The People's Coronation', which revists the historical day through the people who took part and celebrated across the country.