Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

Queen gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

In a very rare, personal account for a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday, she speaks candidly about the occasion and some of the Crown Jewels which play a symbolic role in the ceremony.

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".

As she looks back on the memorable event that took place in June of 1953, the monarch also recounts humorous tidbits like when her coronation dress got caught on the carpet, and reflects on what it was like to witness one coronation and then receive the crown herself. "But once you put it on, it stays; I mean it just remains on".

"What fascinated me is the idea of the royal librarian gauging out the Stewart Sapphire, the Black Princess Ruby, the Edward-the-Confessor sapphire, just gauging them out with a pen nearly, and a knife, and sticking them into this little circular tin, and getting them ready so that they could be rushed away to an even more secure place".

The Queen says it is so heavy "you can't look down to read the speech". After he delivers a sermon for the royal family at Windsor Castle, the queen says that she felt "a great joy" to be 'a simple congregant, being taught, being led.to be able to just disappear and be.

"There are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things".

The crown was made for the coronation of her father, King George VI, in 1937 and worn by the Queen for her own coronation and at state openings of parliament.

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The documentary also includes behind-the-scenes footage of the coronation, showcasing the Queen's son, Prince Charles, and his younger Sister, Anne, on the day of their mother's crowning.

Royal crowns may be heavy to wear, but the feeling of importance and duty they carry clearly outweighs their heft.

"'The Crown" shows the queen sipping her tea while watching the evangelist on television preach to a packed stadium.

This year saw a scaled-back State opening of Parliament Ceremony with the Queen arriving by auto rather than carriage and not wearing the Imperial State Crown or the Robes of State.

"Not what they're meant to do", the Queen notes.

The British sovereign does not concede interviews to the press, but spoke exclusively to the BBC for the recording of "The Coronation", a documentary on the British Crown jewels and the other regalia - scheduled for broadcast this Sunday - of which brief extracts were made available on Friday, Efe news agency reported.

"The Coronation" will air in the US on January 14 at 8 p.m. ET on the Smithsonian Channel.

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