Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin By

British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin By

Yet it is fitting that an event as historic as her coronation in 1953, a television in its own right, is marked by a broadcasting first - the Queen in conversation with historian Alastair Bruce about the occasion that was to define her life, her country and her subjects.

The editor spent an entire week living like Queen Elizabeth II, which is apparently harder than it looks.

"What was so lovely was that the Queen had no knowledge of it". It was not only too big for the Queen, but also much too heavy along with the rest of the regalia, which is why she wisely practiced wearing it ahead of time by donning it while going about her ordinary day, such as while reading the newspaper or taking her tea.

The remarkable story was unearthed for the One programme by Oliver Urquhart Irvine, the librarian, and assistant keeper of the Queen's Archives.

Morshead's documents describe how a hole was dug in chalk earth and two chambers with steel doors were created. A trapdoor used to access that secret hideaway still exists to this day.

The documentary also revealed that numerous Crown Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin on the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War Two, to protect them from the Nazis - information that was so top-secret, the Queen herself only just found out about it.

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", the Queen said, drily.

"But once you put it on, it stays", she said of the famous crown. Oh, and follow a rule that you must stop eating as soon as your fam's matriarch has decided she's full.

"Because if you did, your neck would break and it would fall off".

June 2, 1953: The Archbishop of Canterbury holds the ritual crown of England, the crown of St. Edward, over the head of Queen Elizabeth II, prior to the actual crowning at the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London.

The crown features a gem known as the Black Prince's Ruby which is believed to have been worn by Henry V in his helmet at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

"It's not meant for travelling in at all", the Queen said.

"It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things really".

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