Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

King George VI, Her Maj's dad, ordered for a hole to be dug in chalk Earth at the castle, so the loaded tin would be stored underground.

The most precious jewels - the Black Prince's Ruby and St Edward's Sapphire - were even removed from the Imperial State Crown and kept separately in the biscuit tin "in case of emergency".

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Speaking to the Queen for the BBC documentary, Bruce told Her Majesty - who had been only 14 at the time - the story.

A trapdoor used to access the secret area at Windsor Castle, where the Queen spent her war years for safety, still exists today.

Interviewed by royal commentator Alastair Bruce, Queen Elizabeth jokes about not being able to look down while wearing the Imperial State Crown - which weighs 12lbs 13oz (1.28kgs) - as your neck would "break". "But once you put it on, it stays; I mean it just remains on". Because if you did, your neck would break.

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The Palace said the Queen had not given an "interview", which would breach Royal protocol.

She then added, "So, there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise, they're quite important things". I mean it's only sprung on leather.

However, reflecting on the event, the Queen recalled her father's coronation - which she attended as a child. "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable".

The Queen also points out that the Imperial State Crown, worn by her for her speech during the state opening of parliament, and, has been reduced in height since her father King George VI wore it. "At one moment, I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all".

In a very rare, personal account for a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday (local time), Britain's longest-reigning monarch, who was crowned queen in 1953, spoke candidly about her coronation and some of the crown jewels that play a symbolic role in the ceremony. 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.

Tune into the full documentary The Coronation, which airs in the US on the Smithsonian Channel, Sunday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

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