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British Crown jewels were hidden in biscuits during Second World War

British Crown jewels were hidden in biscuits during Second World War

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has revealed the secrets of giving a speech while wearing a weighty crown, in unusually candid comments in a new documentary on her 1953 coronation and the symbolism of the crown jewels. The details were unearthed by Oliver Urquhart Irvine, the assistant keeper of the Royal Archives.

"Horrible", she said of the ride in the four-tonne carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs have been crowned since 1066.

The Queen has never given a formal interview during her long reign.

Gems, including the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were buried under a secret exit from the mediaeval castle used in times of emergency.

"It's the sort of I suppose the beginning of one's life really as a sovereign", she said. "I mean, it just remains itself".

"You see, it's much smaller isn't it?" she says in a BBC trailer, gesturing to the height of the crown's arches. Because if you did, your neck would break, or it would fall off. Anxious that the weight of the elaborate jewels at the centrepiece of her crown would injure her neck, she quips: "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things".

Not even that, though, was sufficient to prepare her for its weight on the day of the coronation: "There are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things", she said, elaborating that she learned on coronation day that "you can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up". The operation, meant to ensure the priceless gems did not fall into Nazi hands, was ordered by Queen Elizabeth II's father, King George VI.

"The idea that his plume was put into the stone. on his helmet".

At only 27-years-old, Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen in a glamorous ceremony on 2 June 1953.

Although many thought the jewels had been taken to Windsor during the war, other popular theories included that they were being kept in a vault in Canada or a cave in Wales.

The Coronation is part of the Royal Collection Season on BBC and will air this Sunday.


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