Britain’s queen discusses weight of the crown in documentary

Though it was known the jewels had been taken to the castle for safekeeping, details had not been widely discussed.

12 January 2018 | 16:12

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 12 January 2018 | 16:12

In this June 2, 1953 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II wearing the bejeweled Imperial Crown and carrying the Orb and Scepter with Cross, leaves Westminster Abbey, London, at the end of her coronation ceremony. (AP Photo)

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has revealed the secrets of giving a speech while wearing a weighty crown, in unusually candid comments that are part of a new documentary on her 1953 coronation and the symbolism of the crown jewels.

Among the revelations of the BBC program airing Sunday is that the crown jewels were kept safe during World War II by being hidden in a biscuit tin buried at Windsor Castle. Though it was known the jewels had been taken to the castle for safekeeping, details had not been widely discussed.

The queen also discusses the challenges in being head of state. She jokes that she can’t look down while wearing the Imperial State Crown — which weighs 2 pounds 13oz (1.28 kilograms) — because her neck would “break.”




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