Heavy weighs the crown, reveals Queen

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The documentary also revealed that numerous Crown Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin on the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War Two, to protect them from the Nazis - information that was so top-secret, the Queen herself only just found out about it.

One of the scenes shows the Queen describing the crown, which weighs nearly 22 pounds as "very unwieldy", to which Bruce adds: "It's hard to always remember that diamonds are stones and so they're very heavy".

In the documentary, which airs in full on Sunday January 14, Queen Elizabeth candidly explained that the crown wasn't her only source of discomfort.

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.

"It's not meant for traveling in at all". The details of the story was later revealed to her by the royal commentator Alastair Bruce. Telling her seemed strangely odd'.

The remarkable story was unearthed for the One programme by Oliver Urquhart Irvine, the librarian, and assistant keeper of the Queen's Archives.

Details of the mystery, unknown by the Queen, were discovered in letters from Sir Owen Morshead, the royal librarian, to Queen Mary, the mother of George VI. A trapdoor to access the hiding spot still exists today.

Although many thought the jewels had been taken to Windsor during the war, other popular theories included that they were being kept in a vault in Canada or a cave in Wales.

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Rich with history and responsibility, the Imperial State Crown can be a heavy burden to bear.

The queen wears the Imperial State Crown when she delivers a speech at the state opening of Parliament, the Independent reported.

"Horrible", she said of the ride in the four-tonne carriage from Buckingham Palace to the abbey where English monarchs have been crowned since 1066.

Queen Elizabeth II is remarkably and unabashedly particular: For example, she's never wavered from the corgi breed when selecting the no less than 30 dogs she's owned during her reign, and has made a point to eat the same food-a slice of chocolate biscuit cake-every single day.

"Fortunately my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head".

The show explores the role and symbolic meaning of the Crown Jewels to mark the 65th anniversary of her coronation.

Mr Bruce said the head has to be kept still when wearing it and the Queen agreed: 'Yes.

"Because if you did, your neck would break and it would fall off".

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