British Crown jewels were hidden in biscuits during Second World War

The Imperial State Crown

The Imperial State Crown

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.

The royal commentator told the paper how "an electric set of letters" from Sir Owen Morshead, the royal librarian, to Queen Mary, the mother of George VI, shed light on the mystery. "Because if you did, your neck would break, or it would fall off", the Queen said. It weighs almost 3 pounds, and Queen Elizabeth II jokes that you can't look down while wearing it or your neck might break.

"You can't look down to read the speech", she said in the interview.

The Imperial State Crown is very heavy, riding in a gold carriage was "horrible", and some of the Crown Jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin during World War Two, the Queen has revealed.

'So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things'.

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

Restored footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II featured in'A Queen is Crowned
Restored footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II featured in ‘A Queen is Crowned

The Queen wore two crowns for her coronation: the St Edward's Crown, which she has never worn since, and the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown, which she wears at formal occasions such as the opening of parliament when she delivers a speech outlining the government's legislative plans.

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. "I mean, it just remains itself". That much was clear after he was with the Queen when she watched her coronation for the very first time, as part of the upcoming documentary The Coronation, which examines the 1953 ceremony on its 65th anniversary.

Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was crowned queen on June 2, 1953, at London's Westminster Abbey, in a ancient, grand service whose origins date back 1,000 years.

It also features a gemstone known as the Black Prince's Ruby, believed to have been worn by Henry V in his helmet at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

The Cosmopolitan.com editor spent an entire week living like Queen Elizabeth II, which is apparently harder than it looks. "It's so heavy", she said.

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