Crown made Queen fear for neck

Crown made Queen fear for neck

In a very rare, personal account for a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday, she speaks candidly about the occasion and some of the Crown Jewels which play a symbolic role in the ceremony. She may have kept quiet at the time, but now, 65 years later, the Queen apparently had no qualms about describing the ride as "horrible".

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

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

"It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things really".

"I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all", she said.

"I've seen one coronation [her father's in 1937] and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable".

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"Not what they're meant to do", the Queen quipped.

Morshead pried the Black Prince's Ruby (believed to have been given to Edward, Prince of Wales, by a Spanish king in 1367 and later worn by Henry V in his helmet during the Battle of Agincourt) and the St. Edward's Sapphire (which goes back to Edward the Confessor, an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon king) from their clasps, and hid them in a tin box previously containing Bath Oliver biscuits.

In an interview for the upcoming documentary The Coronation, Her Majesty revealed that-much to our dismay-there are "some disadvantages" to the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown she first wore during her 1953 coronation. Chatting with BBC royal commentator Alastair Bruce, she explained: "You can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up". "You have to take the speech up because if you did, your neck would break and [the crown] would fall off". "Otherwise, they're quite important things", she shared.

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.

The crown jewels usually reside in the Tower of London, but it has always been suspected that they were taken somewhere else during the war for safekeeping, although no one knew where they were hidden until now.

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