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14 January 2018, 12:42 | Terri Saunders
The Imperial State Crown
He said he had the impression the queen was probably not fond of the heavy crown and was "very practical" in her treatment of the crown jewels.
"You can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up", she added. The 91-year-old opened up about the fashionable task for a soon-to-be-released Smithsonian documentary, The Coronation, sharing that although the importance of the crown is not lost on her, "There are some disadvantages".
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in pictures Fri, January 12, 2018 Photographs from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II which took place on June 2 1953. She jokes that she can't look down while wearing the Imperial State Crown - which weighs 2 pounds 13oz (1.28 kilograms).
Alastair Bruce, an expert on the Crown Jewels, was the one to discover letters from the royal librarian, Sir Owen Morshead, to Queen Mary, George VI's mother, that show where the diamonds were hidden, according to the Times.
"It's the sort of, I suppose, the, really, as a sovereign", she said. Credit Associated Press The crown could break your neck.
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"Horrible", she said of the ride in the four-tonne carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs have been crowned since 1066.
"It's not meant for travelling in at all".
The queen also remembers grappling with her unwieldy. Anxious that the weight of the elaborate jewels at the centrepiece of her crown would injure her neck, she quips: "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things". The operation, meant to ensure the priceless gems did not fall into Nazi hands, was ordered by Queen Elizabeth II's father, King George VI.
"He [Morshead] just gorged them out, recognizing there would be plenty of chances to put them back in again, wrapped them up and put them in the Bath Oliver tin so should anything happen - just as when Oliver Cromwell ordered the Crown Jewels to be smashed up - they could ferry these away and could rebuild it in due course", Bruce told The Times.
The precious jewels that adorn the British crown were once stashed in biscuits to hide it from the Nazis during the Second World War.
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