Sporting a crown is not as straightforward because it appears—simply ask Queen Elizabeth II.
In a uncommon interview for the documentary The Coronation on the Smithsonian Channel, Her Majesty mentioned the “disadvantages” of carrying it.
One of the crucial essential objects throughout a coronation is the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown. The 91-year-old monarch wore it on the finish of her coronation on June 2, 1953 , and her father King George VI wore it throughout his coronation on Might 12, 1937. The Queen additionally wears it to most State Openings of Parliament. Nonetheless, she admitted it appears a bit totally different at the moment in comparison with when it was first positioned on her father’s head.
“You see? It is a lot smaller, is not it? It was the identical top. You recognize, it might have been as much as about there when my father wore it,” she mentioned, utilizing her hand to indicate the peak distinction. The Queen mentioned the crown had been “unwieldy” when her father wore it.
“It is troublesome to at all times keep in mind that diamonds are stone. So, they’re very heavy,” mentioned interviewer and contributor Alastair Bruce.
“Sure,” Her Majesty agreed. “Fortuitously, my father and I’ve about the identical type of formed head, however as soon as you set it on, it stays. I imply, it simply stays itself.”
Sporting the crown requires The Queen to remain very nonetheless. In actual fact, she will’t even look down at her speech if she’s carrying the crown to a public talking engagement.
“It’s a must to take the speech up,” she mentioned, “as a result of if you happen to did [look down], your neck would break. It might fall off.”
She then added, “So, there are some disadvantages to crowns. In any other case, they’re fairly essential issues.”
Along with discussing the important thing coronation merchandise, Her Majesty regarded again on her personal coronation all these years in the past. Bruce confirmed her a video of her touring to Westminster Abbey in a gold coach that weighed near 4 tons.
“Horrible,” The Queen mentioned. She later defined the coach was “not very snug.” Nonetheless, the monarch rode within the carriage for about 4 or 5 miles that day.
Watch the video to see her speak about her crown and her well-known coronation.
That is the primary interview The Queen has given all through her six-decade reign. In actual fact, she’s the one member of the royal household who has by no means sat down for a proper interview.
The Coronation airs on Smithsonian Channel within the U.S. Jan. 14 at eight p.m. ET. It was made in partnership with the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Company and is a part of the Royal Assortment Season, a collaboration between the BBC and Royal Assortment Belief.