Queen Elizabeth finds out where British Crown Jewels were hidden during WWII

Emmett Rice
January 13, 2018

She described the Imperial State Crown, worn for the state opening of parliament and weighing 1.28 kilogrammes, as "very unwieldy". "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things", she said.

She said: "Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head".

Apparently, wearing a crown isn't as easy as it looks!

"I wouldn't want to bump into him on a dark night", he says of one War hero with a particularly fierce countenance.

In the hour-long programme, which will be aired on Sunday, the Queen speaks candidly about the moment she was crowned, joking that she can not look down while wearing the Imperial State Crown, which weighs 2lbs 13oz (1.28kg), as her "neck would break" if she did so.

"It's only sprung on leather", the Queen said (via The Telegraph) when explaining why the coach isn't the most practical ride.

The head of state says in an extract from the documentary her crowning was the "beginning of one's life as a sovereign".

"You have to keep your head very still", Bruce said to the Queen while looking at the Imperial State Crown and watching footage of the Coronation in 1953.

In the hour-long program "The Coronation", Queen Elizabeth gives viewers her personal account of the memorable event that took place 65 years ago, sharing just what it was like to be in her shoes.

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GETTY Princess Elizabeth was just 27 on her Coronation Day

The gems in the tin included the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, a BBC documentary reveals.

"'The Crown" shows the queen sipping her tea while watching the evangelist on television preach to a packed stadium.

"But by welcoming us and having me preach on several occasions to the royal family at Windsor and Sandringham, she has gone out of her way to be quietly supportive of our mission", Graham said. "They don't look very happy now".

Speaking to the Queen for the BBC documentary, Bruce told Her Majesty - who had been only 14 at the time - the story.

Mr Bruce told The Times: "What was so lovely was that the Queen had no knowledge of it".

'It's hard to always remember that diamonds are stones and so they're very heavy, ' explained Alastair Bruce, observing, 'You have to keep your head very still'.

He cited how during their conversation the crown had been slightly out of the queen's reach so he asked the crown jeweller to help move the table it was on a bit closer.

Other relevations in the programme include how the Queen became stuck with her Coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread.

"You know, it would have been up to about there when my father wore it".

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