Crown Jewels Hidden From Nazis in a Cookie Tin

Crown Jewels Hidden From Nazis in a Cookie Tin

When asked about her miles-long ride around London in the Gold State Coach, the queen recalled it was "not very comfortable".

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".

According to UK's The Telegraph, the footage is shown as part of an hour-long BBC One documentary The Coronation which airs in the United Kingdom this weekend and features behind-the-scenes footage of the Queen, capturing her sense of humour and life in the palace.

"Yes", Elizabeth agreed. "Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head, but once you put it on, it stays".

The queen also remembers grappling with her unwieldy coronation gown. "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable". "I mean it just remains on", she said. "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise, they're quite important things".

The Queen showed her sense of humour as she joked that looking down while wearing the Imperial State Crown - which weighs a staggering 2.8 lb. - could be fatal.

"She said, 'Well, you know, it's my crown, '" he said. It weighs almost 3 pounds, and Queen Elizabeth II jokes that you can't look down while wearing it or your neck might break.

The documentary also revealed that numerous Crown Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin on the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War Two, to protect them from the Nazis - information that was so top-secret, the Queen herself only just found out about it.

Morshead pried the Black Prince's Ruby (believed to have been given to Edward, Prince of Wales, by a Spanish king in 1367 and later worn by Henry V in his helmet during the Battle of Agincourt) and the St. Edward's Sapphire (which goes back to Edward the Confessor, an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon king) from their clasps, and hid them in a tin box previously containing Bath Oliver biscuits.

Thompson even had a couple of corgis accompanying her in her royal week out, the signature companions of the real queen.

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