Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

The tin was then buried in a deep hole beneath a sally port - an emergency exit from Windsor Castle.

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

He told The Times: 'What was so lovely was that the Queen had no knowledge of it. 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.

Giving her personal recollection, the queen also reveals how she had struggled with her coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread. The trap door that led to the secret area still exists today.

The 91-year-old sovereign also revealed how "horrible" it was to travel in the ornate golden carriage to the ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey - the setting for every coronation since 1066.

"You can't look down to read the speech, you've got to take the speech up, if you don't your neck would break, it would fall off", the Queen said referring to the annual ceremony of the opening of the British Parliament, and the state speech where she reads the Government's programme.

Bruce discusses the crown jewels with Queen Elizabeth in an exceptionally rare conversation recorded for television.

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She said: "Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head".

In her comments made during the documentary, the Queen elaborates about the intricate Imperial State Crown and the even heavier 4-lb., 12-oz. "Once you put it on, it stays".

Her Majesty added the seven-metre-long gilded carriage, which weighs around four tonnes and is pulled by eight horses, is "not meant for travelling in at all", according to Sky News. The Queen said the crown had been "very unwieldy" when her father wore it. "I mean, it just remains itself".

The Queen recalled: "Well, I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all". "They hadn't thought of that". 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.

She reveals the seven-metre-long (24ft) gilded carriage, which weighs nearly four tons and is pulled by eight horses, is "not meant for travelling in at all".

The Coronation is set to be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday.

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