Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

Reunited with the "unwieldy" 1.28kg Imperial State Crown, worn at the end of the Coronation, the Queen said she was fortunate that she has "much the same sort of shaped head" as her father, King George VI.

In the interview, Queen Elizabeth delves into some of the difficulties that can come with having to wear a crown that weighed more than two pounds.

The Queen's Coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1953 was one of the great spectacles of the 20th century, a piece of pageantry that transfixed television viewers around the world.

In a unique encounter, to be shown in the BBC1 film The Coronation this Sunday, the Queen watches footage of her 1953 investiture and, prompted by Royal commentator Alastair Bruce, offers her own wry take on the events. "'Above all things, I do think of myself as just a simple Christian'".

Her Majesty added the seven-metre-long gilded carriage, which weighs around four tonnes and is pulled by eight horses, is "not meant for travelling in at all", according to Sky News. "Because if you did, your neck would break and it [the crown] would fall off", she said smiling.

"So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things". It also features a gemstone known as the Black Prince's Ruby, believed to have been worn by Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

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.


Queen Elizabeth, 91, stayed at the Windsor Castle during the war from 1939 to 1945.

"It's only sprung on leather", the Queen said (via The Telegraph) when explaining why the coach isn't the most practical ride.

The Queen acceded to the throne on 6 February, 1952 when her father died unexpectedly in his sleep at Sandringham in Norfolk.

One maid of honour is seen tripping, while the Queen giggles, and a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne play underneath her robe.

Her Majesty apparently discovered what happened to the crown jewel during the filming of a BBC One documentary.

She claims it is so heavy that she has to keep her head lifted in fear of breaking her neck.

The British sovereign does not concede interviews to the press, but spoke exclusively to the BBC for the recording of "The Coronation", a documentary on the British Crown jewels and the other regalia - scheduled for broadcast this Sunday - of which brief extracts were made available on Friday, Efe news agency reported.

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