Queen Elizabeth: 'Unwieldy' Crown Could Break Your Neck Off

Calvin Saunders
January 13, 2018

In a rare interview for the documentary The Coronation on the Smithsonian Channel, Her Majesty discussed the "disadvantages" of wearing it.

In the interview, Queen Elizabeth delves into some of the difficulties that can come with having to wear a crown that weighed more than two pounds.

In the TV show, viewers will get to see the Queen's sense of humour as she talks candidly about the "horrible" golden carriage that she rode to the ceremony and the dangers of wearing a heavy crown.

The Queen, who spent her war years at Windsor Castle for safety, was apparently aware of the general story but did not know the details either until told by royal commentator Alastair Bruce, who presents the documentary due to be screened on Sunday.

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", the queen said. "I mean, it just remains itself".

He added that Her Majesty had been aware that the jewels were hidden at Windsor by 1940, when the government was trying to hide stocks of water, but had no idea where they were buried - or that they were hiding in a biscuit tin. Because if you did, your neck would break.

The crown was made for the coronation of her father, King George VI, in 1937 and worn by the Queen for her own coronation and at state openings of parliament. She wears the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State, also known as the Parliamentary Robe.

Queen Elizabeth II recalls the day when the weight of both St Edward's Crown and the hopes and expectations of a country recovering from war were on her shoulders.

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Graham, now 99, also noted in his book that the queen's official position "has prevented her from openly endorsing our Crusade meetings".

She revealed the seven-metre-long (24ft) gilded carriage, which weighs nearly four tons and is pulled by eight horses, is "not meant for travelling in at all".

"They dug out this fresh, very virgin white chalk and they had to hide it with tarpaulins so when the aircraft flew over at night no clue was given to the German Luftwaffe that anything was going on", Bruce wrote.

The Queen with her crown jewels.

Instead, the queen herself pulls the table towards her.

The documentary is part of the Royal Collection Season, a major partnership between the BBC and Royal Collection Trust, which also features the four-part television series Art, Passion And Power: The Story Of The Royal Collection.

It will air on BBC One in the United Kingdom on Sunday.

"The Coronation" will be broadcast on BBC One at 8.00pm on Sunday.

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