Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Queen Elizabeth Says Wearing A Crown Has One Significant Downside

Queen Elizabeth Says Wearing A Crown Has One Significant Downside

The stones, including the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were placed in the metal box and buried under a sally port, a secured entrance. 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".

The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

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"It's the sort of I suppose the beginning of one's life really as a sovereign", she said.

"Because if you did [look down] your neck would break and [the crown] would fall off", the Queen said, smiling as she tilted her head downwards.

Giving her personal recollection, the Queen also reveals how she had struggled with her coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread. "But once you put it on, it stays".

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Queen Elizabeth II is remarkably and unabashedly particular: For example, she's never wavered from the corgi breed when selecting the no less than 30 dogs she's owned during her reign, and has made a point to eat the same food-a slice of chocolate biscuit cake-every single day. "I mean, it just remains on'". 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 documentary shows her peering inquisitively and then grinning as she taps at pearls hanging on the 1 kg (2.3 lb) crown, two of which are said to have been bought by her Tudor namesake Queen Elizabeth I.

"It's not meant for traveling in at all".

The documentary has also revealed some of the most valuable gemstones of the British crown jewels were kept hidden underground in a biscuit tin during World War II. They pass from one monarch to the next, a practice that dates back to a 17th century ruling, .

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