Queen Elizabeth II Reveals Rare Secrets from Her Coronation Ceremony She Withheld For 65 Years
4King George VI also disliked the carriage
Even her Father King George VI was reported to have remarked how uncomfortable the carriage was.
5Her crown was more than twelve pounds
The crown that the Queen wore for her coronation was the same that was worn by her father King George VI although she mentioned that for him it was later at the time. However it fitted on both their heads as George shared a similar head size with Elizabeth.
“Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head,” the Queen says in the interview about the crown. “But once you put it on, it stays; I mean it just remains on.” The exact weight of the state crown is 12 lbs.13 oz or 1.28 kgs
The Imperial state crown was made for King George the VI
The imperial state crown was made for the Queen’s father King George the VI coronation in 1937. It is set with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and hundreds of pearls.
6It could break your neck
The Queen revealed that the crown was so heavy for her that when she read her speech, she had to keep the page lifted up higher as looking down could make the crown fall off and she could have even broken her neck.
“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,” She said in the interview.
7Humorous memories of her coronation
In the exclusive interview the Queen recollected memories of her coronation even as she was given to watch video and visual excerpts from the day itself. She recollected how her dress even got caught on the carpet. She reflected on what it was like to witness a coronation as well as receiving one herself.
She said: “I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn’t move at all.”