Queen Elizabeth II poses for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in December 1958 in London, England. (Photo by Donald McKague/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in December 1958 in London, England. (Photo by Donald McKague/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Image: Getty Images

1953 was a fantastic year for Queen Elizabeth. The year of her coronation saw her establish herself as one of the leading figures worldwide

Gloriana, Op. 53 was written by Benjamin Britten, and was first performed in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II herself.

Composed for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, the opera is based on the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Essex. 

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Despite the apparent hype around the opera, and Queen Elizabeth II's attendance, the show would go on to be regarded as a critical failure. Critics believed the show to have been underwhelming. Gloriana was described as 'one of the great disaster of operatic history'.

We wonder what Queen Elizabeth thought of the whole thing?

Have a look at the footage below, courtesy of British Pathe

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