Queen Elizabeth II dishes on weight of the crown in new documentary

Queen Elizabeth II dishes on weight of the crown in new documentary

Queen Elizabeth II dishes on weight of the crown in new documentary

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary), is the Head of State of the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The 91-year-old sovereign also revealed how "horrible" it was to travel in the ornate golden carriage to the ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey - the setting for every coronation since 1066.

She told presenter and Royal commentator Alastair Bruce it was "very heavy" - 2lb 5oz, to be exact. "I mean, it just remains itself", she said.

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.

Speaking with the Imperial State Crown in front of her, the Queen said: "Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head".

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

The Queen gets lyrical over the four pearls, said to have been Queen Elizabeth I's earrings, hanging from the State Crown, which look "not very happy now".

The gemstones, which included the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were placed in a biscuit tin and buried in a deep hole under the Windsor Castle, the Times reports.

Queen Coronation
GETTY CORONATION The day the Queen took to the throne wearing her crown

Royal crowns may be heavy to wear, but the feeling of importance and duty they carry clearly outweighs their heft.

One maid of honour is seen tripping, while the Queen giggles, and a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne play underneath her robe.

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.

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

The Queen with her crown jewels.

The documentary is part of the Royal Collection Season, a major partnership between the BBC and Royal Collection Trust, which also features the four-part television series Art, Passion And Power: The Story Of The Royal Collection.

"It's only sprung on leather", the Queen said (via The Telegraph) when explaining why the coach isn't the most practical ride.

The story of how the service, which lasted almost three hours, was briefly brought to a standstill has emerged in The Coronation, to be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday.

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