The Queen Reveals The 'Horrible' Downside Of The Coronation
Queen Elizabeth has opened up in a rare interview about her 1953 Coronation ceremony.
The special look into Her Majesty's most infamous moment in history, is part of a BBC special, 22 years in the making.
Royal commentator Alastair Bruce, spoke to the 91-year-old monarch who reflected about the momentous occasion.
While most people would think "rich people problems", the Queen felt that one of the harder parts of the coronation was wearing the 2.27kg Imperial State Crown.
The diamond encrusted royal artefact was in fact so heavy that she was "unable to look down":
“And you can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up, because if you did your neck would break – it would fall off,” she said.
The documentary shows The Queen interacting with the Crown and it was revealed that it was the first time she had touched it, in 65 years.
"They were meant to be Queen Elizabeth’s earrings," she said pointing to a number of pearls on the crown.
"But they are not very happy now – they don’t look very happy now,” she said. "They have been hanging out here for years. It’s rather sad.”
In a press conference, Alastair Bruce said that the experience of watching the Queen touch the crown was overwhelming.
"This was the Queen talking about her ancestor. It’s not just somebody talking here. It’s the Queen talking about her ancestor," he said.
"My real surprise was the huge enthusiasm the Queen showed for the Imperial State Crown. I sensed there was a recognition that this was part of her role as Sovereign."
The Queen also spoke about how she found riding in the golden coach "horrible".
“It’s not meant for travelling in at all. I mean, it’s only sprung on leather,” she said.
SOURCE: Nine News // BBC