Queen Elizabeth describes riding in her gold state coach as "horrible"

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

"What was so lovely was that the Queen had no knowledge of it,"Bruce told The Times". Even though several of her family members seemed befuddled by Graham, his fiery preaching style piqued the queen's curiosity, and she asked for a private meeting with him.

The Queen's witty and intimate discussion of her Coronation memories is a fresh landmark in a Palace strategy to "humanise" the Royals through selected television appearances.

And the trap door used to access the secret area where the artefacts were stored still exists today.

The queen not only granted permission for the jewels to be seen and captured for the show, but she also watched footage of her own coronation (which took place back in 1953)-which she had never done before.

In a rare interview for the documentary "The Coronation" on the Smithsonian Channel, Her Majesty discussed the "disadvantages" of wearing one.

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".

In Graham's autobiography, Just As I Am, the man of faith wrote, "No one in Britain has been more cordial toward us than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II". It also features a gemstone known as the Black Prince's Ruby, believed to have been worn by Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. "Once you put it on, it stays".

Queen Elizabeth II looks intently at the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown and lightly touches the top

She claims it is so heavy that she has to keep her head lifted in fear of breaking her neck.

The Queen says it is so heavy "you can't look down to read the speech".

The head of state says in an extract from the documentary her crowning was the "beginning of one's life as a sovereign".

"What fascinated me is the idea of the royal librarian gauging out the Stewart Sapphire, the Black Princess Ruby, the Edward-the-Confessor sapphire, just gauging them out with a pen nearly, and a knife, and sticking them into this little circular tin, and getting them ready so that they could be rushed away to an even more secure place". King George VI, the father of the Queen, was said to have given the orders. "They hadn't thought of that".

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

It is part of the Royal Collection season, in partnership between the BBC and Royal Collection Trust.

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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