Queen Elizabeth and how her crown could break her neck

14 January, 2018, 12:47 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Her Majesty the Queen with the St Edward’s Crown

Gems, including the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were buried under a secret exit from the mediaeval castle used in times of emergency.

Mr Bruce said: "If you look very closely, the table suddenly just goes "woomf" and the crown "woomf" and the crown jeweller is left there with nothing and she says, "well you know, it's my crown".

In a BBC documentary due to be screened tonight, the Queen admits to Royal commentator Alastair Bruce that she has a better recall of her father's Coronation than of her own.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in pictures Fri, January 12, 2018 Photographs from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II which took place on June 2 1953.

The Imperial State Crown includes sapphires belonging to St Edward the Confessor and Alexander II of Scotland, a ruby from Edward the Black Prince, pearls from Elizabeth I and the Cullinan II diamond.

The crown was originally made for King George VI's coronation in 1937, and remodelled to a slightly smaller size for Queen Elizabeth.

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"It's the sort of, I suppose, the, really, as a sovereign", she said. "Because if you did, your neck would break and it [the crown] would fall off", she said smiling. Anxious that the weight of the elaborate jewels at the centrepiece of her crown would injure her neck, she quips: "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things".

The British monarch joked that her ancestor's pearls are "not very happy now" and have been "hanging out for years, " adding: "The trouble is that pearls are sort of live things, and they need warming". The operation, meant to ensure the priceless gems did not fall into Nazi hands, was ordered by Queen Elizabeth II's father, King George VI.

Giving her personal recollection, the Queen also revealed how she had struggled with her coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread.

"Horrible", she said. "It's not meant for traveling in at all".

A newly-surfaced photo shows the now 36-year-old donning a dazzling crown way back in her teenage years, along with a flowy periwinkle gown and a thick french manicure (they were all the rage then).

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