Queen Elizabeth Says There Are "Disadvantages" of Wearing a Crown (No Way!)

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

At only 27-years-old, Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen in a glamorous ceremony on 2 June 1953.

Elizabeth wore two crowns for the occasion: 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.

"Yes", the Queen agreed.

"You can't look down. Because if you did, your neck would break and [the crown] would fall off".

In the documentary, the Queen also talks about the amusing trials and tribulations of being head of state - from the perils of wearing a heavy crown, to her robes sticking to a thick carpet pile.

One of the scenes shows the Queen describing the crown, which weighs nearly 10kg, as "very unwieldy", to which Bruce adds: "It's hard to always remember that diamonds are stones and so they're very heavy".

Queen Elizabeth II poses on her Coronation day
Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation day in 1953

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II wears the Imperial Crown.

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", Her Majesty observed. But once you put it on it stays. "I mean, it just remains itself".

Bruce told reporters at a press screening of the documentary that the Queen seemed very at ease with the Crown Jewels, even grabbing a table the crown was resting and dragging it closer. "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable", she noted.

"She was very practical with the Crown Jewels in a way I wasn't quite expecting".

After 14 months of preparation, which included the soon-to-be Queen disagreeing with Prime Minister Winston Churchill and deciding to make hers the first coronation ever televised-as well as the first major event televised around the world-the big day rolled around, beginning with the Queen parading around London, making what was at least a five-mile trek from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey with an out-of-the-way stop at Trafalgar Square.

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