Burden of crown jewels

Randolph Lopez
January 15, 2018

Bruce and the queen also discuss her everyday crown, the three-pounder that she wears when it's a state occasion and she's not being coronated.

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.

The mysterious notes are addressed to Queen Mary from George VI and detail a cunning plan to bury the crown jewels under a sally port (a secret entrance to the castle) in separate chambers.

For one, the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown (which she wears to official events) is *extremely* weighty (about two and a half pounds to be exact!), and requires her to look straight ahead at all times. 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. "So there are some disadvantages to crowns but otherwise they're quite important things".

She went on: "It's the sort of I suppose the beginning of one's life really as a sovereign. But once you've put it on it stays, I mean it just remains itself", The Queen said in the BBC documentary.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth walks through the Royal Gallery in the Palace of Westminster during the State Opening of Parliament in London, Britain, May 25, 2010.

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Pointing out a number of pearls affixed to the crown - believed to have once belonged to Tudor Queen Elizabeth I - the Queen remarked, "They were meant to be Queen Elizabeth's earrings".

Watching black-and-white vision of the coronation - which she has never seen - the Queen comments dryly that there was "an bad lot of walking backwards". That includes the world's largest clear cut diamond, the 535-karat Cullinan.

When Mr Bruce remarks that it is like a ballet, with everyone knowing where to move, the Queen responds "well they jolly well ought to" after all the rehearsals.

"But they are not very happy now - they don't look very happy now", she said.

Told that two of the bishop who assisted her onto a platform after the moment of coronation were theoretically there to take the weight of the crown, she replies: "Really?" The Queen said she particularly likes the Black Prince's Ruby in the crown, which was reputedly worn by King Henry V in 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt.

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