Festival talks by Hugo Vickers

106. THE CORONATION: THE QUEEN’S MAIDS OF HONOUR

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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, will give a scintillating insight into their experience of this historic occasion. In conversation with Hugo Vickers, they will also talk about growing up at Holkham Hall and Blenheim Palace.

 

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26. CECIL BEATON: MALICE IN WONDERLAND

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Hugo Vickers became Cecil Beaton’s authorised biographer at Beaton’s request, and was given access to voluminous unpublished material. Yet because Beaton died two days later, Vickers was subject to none of the usual restrictions. Here he will explore the legacy of the legendary photographer, designer and artist, a Renaissance man whose style and wit dominated so much of the twentieth century.

This is part of our series of talks on the Chalke Valley History Heroes – look out for the others on John Aubrey, Anthony Eden, William Golding, Henry Lamb and Terry Pratchett.

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