Don't look down: Queen's advice on crown

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Apparently the Queen, who was 14 at the time, only found out about this during the filming of a BBC documentary about her coronation.

Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II has revealed how uncomfortable she was riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony, and how wearing the Imperial State Crown risks "breaking your neck".

She also recalls being brought to a standstill when her coronation robes ran against the carpet pile in Westminster Abbey.

Mr Bruce said: "The ground rules were "don't ask the Queen a direct question.' You can pose a comment to the Queen, which she can then respond to". "Once you put it on, it stays". [While] wearing regalia-that was designed for your forebear King Charles II-in 1661, including a crown that is five pounds in weight.:I just want you to imagine laying out five pounds of sugar bags and putting that on your head, but imagine it's a hat that is made to be too big for you.

"You can't look down to read the speech; you have to take the speech up". 'You see, it's much smaller isn't it?!' she pointed out to Alastair Bruce while watching the coronation footage. "Otherwise, they're quite important things".

The Queen said she particularly likes the Black Prince's Ruby in the crown, which was reputedly worn by King Henry V in 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt.

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

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"It's only sprung on leather", the Queen said (via The Telegraph) when explaining why the coach isn't the most practical ride.

"They dug out this fresh, very virgin white chalk and they had to hide it with tarpaulins so when the aircraft flew over at night no clue was given to the German Luftwaffe that anything was going on", Bruce wrote.

"She talks very cleanly and with a clarity of memory that was a delight".

The Queen acceded to the throne on 6 February, 1952 when her father died unexpectedly in his sleep at Sandringham in Norfolk.

The current version was made in 1937 and is worn by the monarch after a coronation (St. Edward's Crown having been used to crown the monarch) and used at the annual State Opening of Parliament.

The documentary is part of the Royal Collection Season, a major partnership between the BBC and Royal Collection Trust, which also features the four-part television series Art, Passion And Power: The Story Of The Royal Collection.

The story of how the service, which lasted almost three hours, was briefly brought to a standstill has emerged in The Coronation, to be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday.

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