The Queen jokes that crowns are 'quite important' but risky

Queen Elizabeth and how her crown could break her neck

In a rare interview, the Queen herself seems to marvel at seeing the imperial crown she wore at the time, recalling how heavy it was.

To this day, Her Majesty remains the soul of discretion.

Now a One programme about the crown jewels and the Queen's coronation will reveal how the historic artefacts were hidden in a deep hole following orders from King George VI. "You have to take the speech up because if you did, your neck would break and [the crown] would fall off".

The queen wears the Imperial State Crown when she delivers a speech at the state opening of Parliament, the Independent reported.

"You have to keep your head very still", Bruce reportedly says as the pair examine the Imperial State Crown and watch footage of the Queen's Coronation in 1953.

After succeeding the throne after the death of her father George VI, the Queen explains how she had the crown adjusted to make it more feminine and smaller.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in pictures Fri, January 12, 2018 Photographs from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II which took place on June 2 1953.

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They were buried under a sally port, a secret exit from the castle used in times of emergency. Mr Bruce said the head has to be kept still when wearing it and the Queen agreed: 'Yes.

'So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things'.

"She said, 'Well, you know, it's my crown, '" he said.

Giving her personal recollection, the Queen also revealed how she had struggled with her coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread.

It also features the Black Prince's Ruby, believed to have been worn by King Henry V in his helmet at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

"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. "I've seen one coronation (her father's in 1937) and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable".

The British monarch joked that her ancestor's pearls are "not very happy now" and have been "hanging out for years, " adding: "The trouble is that pearls are sort of live things, and they need warming".

The story of how the service, which lasted nearly 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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