Queen Elizabeth II Reveals "Disadvantages" of Wearing Crowns in Rare Interview

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According to the monarch, her father George VI ordered for the jewels to be hidden in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where they were buried, hidden in a biscuit tin. Even though several of her family members seemed befuddled by Graham, his fiery preaching style piqued the queen's curiosity, and she asked for a private meeting with him.

Bruce says the documentary shows the Queen's "most delightful sense of humour", as she responds to his comments with deadpan delivery. Sir Owen's documents describe how a hole was dug in chalk earth, which had to be covered to hide it from enemy bombers, and two chambers with steel doors created. The trap door that led to the secret area still exists today.

She also recalls being brought to a standstill when her coronation robes ran against the carpet pile in Westminster Abbey.

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Apparently the Queen, who was 14 at the time, only found out about this during the filming of a BBC documentary about her coronation.

Charles has previously revealed how his mother had practised wearing the 2.2 kg (4.9 lb) St Edward's Crown while he was being bathed.

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

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The so-called Imperial State Crown was made for the coronation of her father in 1937 mounting 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, hundreds of pearls and the large "Black Prince's" ruby, which the Queen likes the "most" (the other State Crown is the St. Andrews crown which she has used only once). "Because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off", she says.

"Horrible. It's only sprung on leather, not very comfortable, she said".

"But once you put it on, it stays", she said of the famous crown. "I mean, it just remains on".

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"So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things", the Queen adds.

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. "They hadn't thought of that".

Despite the intense pressure that must have been on her at the time, Bruce said Queen Elizabeth spoke of the coronation with lightness and clarity. It was made in partnership with the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is part of the Royal Collection Season, a collaboration between the BBC and Royal Collection Trust.

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The revelations about the carriage were revealed in a new documentary about the amusing trials and tribulations of being head of state.

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