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Queen Elizabeth Shares Downside of Wearing the Prestigious Imperial State Crown

Queen Elizabeth Shares Downside of Wearing the Prestigious Imperial State Crown”

She said, "You have to take the speech up because if you did [look down], your neck would break".

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

It's no surprise, then, that now that she's 91 and definitely put in her time observing decorum, upon being given the occasion to reflect on her coronation 65 years ago, the Queen is sharing her real two cents on what was a "pretty challenging day for her as a 25-year-old", as the royal family reporter Alastair Bruce described it to InStyle.

Queen Elizabeth became the head of the monarchy at the age of 27 on June 2, 1953, with millions watching as she was crowned at Westminster Abbey. You have to take the speech up.

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.

This comes after the Queen called her coach ride to her coronation "horrible".

"So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things", Elizabeth added.

"It's only sprung on leather, not very comfortable", she recalled of the carriage. "You know, it would have been up to about there when my father wore it", she said while pointing out the height difference with her hands.

The crown is set with 2,868 diamonds including 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 269 pearls, including four large pear-shaped pearls thought to have belonged to Elizabeth I.

With Britain under air attack from the mighty German Luftwaffe, King George VI ordered palace staff to remove the most valuable of the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London and hide them in case of an invasion.

"The Coronation" airs on The Smithsonian Channel on January 14 at 8 p.m.



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