Gasp! Queen Elizabeth Reveals the 1 Disadvantage of Wearing the Crown

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

The Queen wore the Imperial State Crown following her coronation and often wears it when she reads the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament.

In a very rare, personal account for a BBC documentary to be aired Sunday, she speaks candidly about the occasion and some of the Crown Jewels that play a symbolic role in the ceremony. "We could only go at a walking pace".

Queen 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.

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", Her Majesty observed. The gnomic convention of poetry in English, which goes back to the glory days before the Conquest, affirms the reality of things by stating facts. "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable".

One of the scenes shows the Queen describing the crown, which weighs nearly 10kg, as "very unwieldy", to which Bruce adds: "It's hard to always remember that diamonds are stones and so they're very heavy".

This comes after the Queen called her coach ride to her coronation "horrible".

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"It's not meant for travelling in at all", the Queen said.

Prince Charles has previously spoke of how his mother had practised wearing the 2.2-kilogram St Edward's Crown while he was being bathed.

In the BBC documentary, The Queen recalls that day and the Imperial State Crown, calling it "very heavy".

She said, "You have to take the speech up because if you did [look down], your neck would break". Because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off.

"So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things", Elizabeth added.

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