Queen Elizabeth II gives candid interview about royal crown jewels and coronation

Queen Elizabeth II gives candid interview about royal crown jewels and coronation

Looking at the priceless artefact, she said: Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head. "I mean, it just remains itself", she said.

The Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in royal regalia, posed for this special Jubilee picture in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, after she had delivered the traditional Queen's speech at the 1976 official State Opening of Parliament. Because if you did, your neck would break, or it would fall off.

The crown, made for King George's coronation in 1937, is set with 2,868 diamonds including 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and hundreds of pearls, including four known as Queen Elizabeth I's earrings.

The gemstones, which included the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were placed in a biscuit tin and buried in a deep hole under the Windsor Castle, the Times reports.

Instead of focusing on all the impending responsibilities that a Queen would need as a the Head of her country, Queen Elizabeth was more concerned with how uncomfortable her transport felt. "[The carriage] is only sprung on leather and not very comfortable".

She then added, "So, there are some disadvantages to crowns".

The Queen prods at the Crown Jewels presented before her and occasionally pulls faces, like an unimpressed Antiques Roadshow expert.

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Queen Elizabeth, now 91, was just 25 when she became queen on the death of her father George VI in 1952, with the coronation taking place the following year.

Mr Bruce was able to "gently" nudge the Queen to elicit further insights which "worked very well" during the 90-minute encounter, which he described as a "conversation".

She revealed 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 documentary will reportedly show never-before-seen footage throughout, with one clip featuring a four-year-old Prince Charles and younger sister Anne playing underneath the Queen's long robe.

"I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all", she said.

The British sovereign does not concede interviews to the press, but spoke exclusively to the BBC for the recording of "The Coronation", a documentary on the British Crown jewels and the other regalia - scheduled for broadcast this Sunday - of which brief extracts were made available on Friday, Efe news agency reported.

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