Britain's queen dishes on crown weight in documentary

Britain's queen dishes on crown weight in documentary

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", she said in a clip from the documentary.

Since it's the sort of thing she never does, it's a moment to remember even if she never gets much more droll than suggesting the five-pound crown, laden with jewels, feels heavy enough to break your neck if you're not careful. "I've seen one coronation (her father's in 1937) and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable".

Elizabeth wore two crowns for the occasion: the St Edward's Crown, which she has never worn since, and the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown which she wears at formal occasions such as the opening of parliament when she delivers a speech outlining the government's legislative plans.

"This is what I do when I wear it!", she said, grabbing the crown and spinning it around to show off her favourite jewel.

Mr Bruce said: "If you look very closely, the table suddenly just goes "woomf" and the crown "woomf" and the crown jeweller is left there with nothing and she says, "well you know, it's my crown".

"So you pose a comment that the Queen then responds to and if there's the chance to very gently to take the comment that the Queen has made forward, then conversationally you can do that".

Her Majesty, who is Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was crowned in a lavish and traditional ceremony on June 2, 1953, at London's Westminster Abbey.

Viewers have praised the Queen's underwhelmed response after she was told the crown jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin 60ft underneath Windsor Castle to keep them safe from the Nazis.

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It was the librarian and assistant keeper of the Queen's Archives who uncovered the true story, in a set of letters former royal librarian Sir Owen Morshead had sent Queen Mary. "I thought they were there just to hold one's clothes".

The crown belonged to Queen Elizabeth's father, King George VI, before her.

The monarch celebrated the 65th anniversary of her coronation by giving a rare interview.

In an interview with Business Insider, producer Anthony Geffen said securing access to the Queen for himself and presenter Alastair Bruce was a 22-year enterprise.

Weighing almost five pounds, the St. Edwards Crown stood a foot tall on her head, festooned with 444 precious and semi-precious stones. Not only one of the most important art collections in the world, they are sacred objects from the most complete collection of royal regalia still in existence.

He said: "She may have seen it, but she hasn't touched it since".

The Coronation airs tonight on BBC One at 8pm.

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