In a new documentary airing on 14 January, Queen Elizabeth gives a rare interview and speaks of how the crown she wore during her coronation was exceptionally heavy, so much so that “your neck would break.”
At only 27-years-old, Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen in a glamorous ceremony on 2 June 1953.
In the BBC documentary, The Queen recalls that day and the Imperial State Crown, calling it “very heavy.”
Adding on:”Fortunately my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head. But once you’ve put it on it stays, I mean it just remains itself,” The Queen said in the BBC documentary.
“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. So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise, they’re quite important things.”
The Queen still uses the Imperial State crown at some events. The other crown used during the coronation was the St. Edward’s Crown made of solid gold weighing 4 pounds and 12 ounces. That was the only time Her Majesty has worn it.
Other memories The Queen brought up is the “horrible” experience of riding in the Gold State Coach. The ornate gold carriage has been used for every coronation since 1066.
“It’s not meant for traveling in at all. I mean it’s only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable. It can only go at walking pace. The horses couldn’t possibly go any faster. It’s so heavy,” she said.
Her Majesty not only speaks about her own coronation but her father’s, King George VI as well, saying: “It’s the sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really as a sovereign,” she said. “It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things really. I’ve seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable.”
The Coronation is part of the Royal Collection Season on BBC and will air this Sunday.