Queen Elizabeth gets candid about 'disadvantages to crowns'

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"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", Her Majesty observed.

Thompson even had a couple of corgis accompanying her in her royal week out, the signature companions of the real queen.

In the hour-long programme The Coronation, to be aired on Sunday, the Queen speaks candidly about the moment she was crowned and jokingly says she cannot look down while wearing the Imperial State Crown, which weighs 2lbs 13oz (1.28kg), as her "neck would break". Elizabeth, now 91, was just 25 when she became queen on the death of her father George VI in 1952, with the coronation taking place the following year. When asked about her miles-long ride around London in, the queen recalled it was "not very comfortable".

Despite the physical discomfort her coronation caused, the queen recognizes the event's significance. The ornate gold carriage has been used for every coronation since 1066.

Jenna Coleman plays young Queen Victoria in the series “Victoria.”
Jenna Coleman plays young Queen Victoria in the series “Victoria.”

"I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and", she said. "DISADVANTAGES TO CROWNS" 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.

The documentary also revealed that numerous Crown Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin on the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War Two, to protect them from the Nazis - information that was so top-secret, the Queen herself only just found out about it. "We were only children then", the queen says in "The Coronation", according to Town and Country magazine. Though it was known the jewels had been taken to the castle for safekeeping, details had not been widely discussed. Credit Associated Press The crown could break your neck.

"You can't look down to read the speech. But once you've put it on it stays, I mean it just remains itself", The Queen said in the BBC documentary. Anxious that the weight of the elaborate jewels at the centrepiece of her crown would injure her neck, she quips: "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things". Elizabeth has never given a formal interview during her long reign and Coronation expert Alastair Bruce, whom the queen spoke to for the programme, said their 1-1/2-hour interaction had been a "conversation".


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