Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

The Queen in the BBC documentary The Coronation

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In the documentary, the Queen also talks about the amusing trials and tribulations of being head of state - from the perils of wearing a heavy crown, to her robes sticking to a thick carpet pile. And you can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. "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.

Wearing a crown is the privilege that comes with being the Queen, but according to the 91-year-old monarch, the extravagant headpiece is far more risky that it looks. The Daily Telegraph describes it as an "unrivalled insight into events behind-the-scenes".

He also revealed how "an electric set of letters" from Sir Owen Morshead, former royal librarian, to Queen Mary, the mother of George VI, helped to unearth the mystery.

Among the revelations of the program airing on the BBC on Sunday is that the crown jewels were kept safe during World War II by being hidden in a biscuit tin buried at Windsor Castle.

Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was crowned queen on June 2, 1953 at London's Westminster Abbey, in a ancient, grand service whose origins date back 1,000 years.

It's only sprung on leather, she added, and not very comfortable.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
GETTY- STOCK IMAGEQueen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave to the crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The revelations about the carriage were revealed in a new documentary about the amusing trials and tribulations of being head of state.

For many of us, travelling around in a horse-drawn golden carriage is the stuff dreams are made of, but it's not all it's cracked up to be, according to Queen Elizabeth II.

They may be worth millions, but as she examines the Crown Jewels the Queen could be any woman looking fondly at her jewellery box.

"I have seen one coronation and I have been the recipient in the other, pretty remarkable!" said the longest ruling British monarch.

Bruce then replied: "I mean it was huge then". I mean, the trouble is that pearls are sort of live things [flicks them] and they need... warming'.

Her Majesty said her journey to the abbey was four to five miles - halfway around London, she claimed.

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