Queen Elizabeth Says Wearing A Crown Has One Significant Downside

Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1953

King George VI ordered the secret burial, the BBC reported, having stones from the Imperial State Crown and the Black Prince's Ruby placed in the metal tin.

Not even that, though, was sufficient to prepare her for its weight on the day of the coronation: "There are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things", she said, elaborating that she learned on coronation day that "you can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up". That was the only time Her Majesty has worn it.

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. It weighs almost 3 pounds, and Queen Elizabeth II jokes that you can't look down while wearing it or your neck might break.

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".

Queen Elizabeth II poses on her Coronation day
Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation day in 1953

Here is the Queen watching archive footage of the momentous day and revealing the sense of history, and humour, that has characterised her reign. The horses couldn't possibly go any faster.

"The only word I can come up with is medicinal, like cough syrup", she said.

Her Majesty not only speaks about her own coronation but her father's, King George VI as well, saying: "It's the sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one's life really as a sovereign", she said.

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". "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable".

This news was revealed while filming The Coronation - set to air on BBC One on Sunday - during an interview the Queen had with royal commentator Alastair Bruce.

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