Queen Elizabeth Says Wearing A Crown Has One Significant Downside

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The documentary has also revealed some of the most valuable gemstones of the British crown jewels were kept hidden underground in a biscuit tin during World War II.

In a new documentary airing on 14 January, Queen Elizabeth gives a rare interview and speaks of how the crown she wore during her coronation was exceptionally heavy, so much so that "your neck would break".

It was known that the crown jewels had been taken to Windsor Castle, but during the BBC programme it emerged they were kept in a hole dug under a secret exit from the castle.

A trapdoor used to access the secret area at Windsor Castle, where the Queen spent her war years for safety, still exists today.

Restored footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II featured in'A Queen is Crowned
Restored footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II featured in ‘A Queen is Crowned

The whereabouts of the precious stone were not even divulged to the Queen.

Giving her personal recollection, the Queen also revealed how she had struggled with her coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread.

Mr Bruce, who presents the documentary, told the: 'What was so lovely was that the Queen had no knowledge of it.

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian Channel is airing a special to mark the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

The Queen may enjoy the great privilege of wearing a crown, but the extravagant headpiece doesn't come without its downside. "Because if you did, your neck would break". She recalled the Coronation journey from the palace to Westminster Abbey.

"You can't look down to read the speech", she said in the interview. "But once you put it on, it stays". "I mean, it just remains itself".

The Queen still uses the Imperial State crown at some events. "I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all!"

"There are some disadvantages to crowns but otherwise they are quite important things".

Queen Elizabeth II is remarkably and unabashedly particular: For example, she's never wavered from the corgi breed when selecting the no less than 30 dogs she's owned during her reign, and has made a point to eat the same food-a slice of chocolate biscuit cake-every single day.

Mr Bruce said: 'Really?' and the monarch replied: 'Yes, they hadn't thought of that'.

The Coronation is part of the Royal Collection Season on BBC and will air this Sunday.

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