Britain's queen talks on weight of the crown in a doc­u­men­tary

The Freeman - - WORLD -

LON­DON - Britain's Queen El­iz­a­beth II has re­vealed the se­crets of giv­ing a speech while wear­ing a weighty crown, in un­usu­ally can­did com­ments that are part of a new doc­u­men­tary on her 1953 coro­na­tion and the symbolism of the crown jew­els.

Among the rev­e­la­tions of the BBC pro­gram air­ing Sun­day is that the crown jew­els were kept safe dur­ing World War II by be­ing hid­den in a bis­cuit tin buried at Windsor Cas­tle. Though it was known the jew­els had been taken to the cas­tle for safe­keep­ing, de­tails had not been widely dis­cussed.

The queen also dis­cusses the chal­lenges in be­ing head of state. She jokes that she can't look down while wear­ing the Im­pe­rial State Crown – which weighs 2 pounds 13oz (1.28 kilo­grams) – be­cause her neck would "break."


In this June 2, 1953 file photo, Britain's Queen El­iz­a­beth II wear­ing the be­jew­eled Im­pe­rial Crown and car­ry­ing the Orb and Scepter with Cross, leaves West­min­ster Abbey, Lon­don, at the end of her coro­na­tion cer­e­mony.

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