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Monarch jokes about her heavy crown in a new behind-the-scenes documentary

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Friday, January 12, 2018 – 3:31pm

The Queen has revealed some of the drawbacks of reigning over us in a new BBC documentary called The Coronation.

In the hour-long programme, which will be aired on Sunday, she speaks candidly about the moment she was crowned, joking that she cannot look down while wearing the Imperial State Crown, which weighs 2lbs 13oz (1.28kg), as her  “neck would break” if she did so.

“So there are some disadvantages to crowns,” she says, “but otherwise they’re quite important things.”

The documentary features the monarch in conversation with royal commentator Alastair Bruce and tells the story of how the Crown Jewels were hidden during the War, as well as the ceremony of crowning a new monarch, according to The Guardian.

Speaking with the Imperial State Crown in front of her, the Queen said: “Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head. But once you put it on, it stays. I mean, it just remains on.”

The television programme also sees the Queen, who celebrates the 65th anniversary of her coronation this year, speak of her mischievous children, a lost sceptre, and of wearing a dress that was so heavy, she was unable to walk. The Daily Telegraph describes it as an “unrivalled insight into events behind-the-scenes”.

Bruce says the documentary shows the Queen’s “most delightful sense of humour”, as she responds to his comments with deadpan delivery.

The programme also reveals that priceless gems from the Crown Jewels were hidden underground in a biscuit tin at Windsor Castle during the Second World War in order to ensure that they did not fall into Nazi hands.

So what of the Queen’s four-ton gold carriage? 

Horrible,” she said of the carriage ride from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs have been crowned since 1066. “It’s only sprung on leather, not very comfortable.”

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