It has been 66 years since Queen Elizabeth officially took the crown, but while the ceremony was incredible, the head monarch wasn’t exactly a fan of one specific thing: the carriage ride.
In a 2018 Smithsonian Channel documentary titled, The Coronation, the Queen, 93, gave a rare interview and talked about that special day back in 1953 — including the horse-drawn carriage that carried her from Westminster Abbey through the streets of London and back to Buckingham Palace.
“Horrible,” Prince Philip‘s wife said of the ride while watching footage of it. “It’s only sprung on a lever. Not very comfortable.” The Queen ascended to the throne when she was 25, but also recalled seeing her father, King George VI‘s coronation in 1937.
“I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” the royal said in the interview. “It’s sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really, as a sovereign.” The great-grandmother is now the longest reigning monarch in history.
“There are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise, there are quite important things,” she admitted.
The royal family took to Instagram on Sunday, June 2, to pay tribute to the Queen on her anniversary by sharing a beautiful photo of her waving alongside her husband on that day. Fans were of course loving the post, as they headed to the comments section to react.
“So much more than just a Queen! An adorable little angel with a crown and an enormous loving heart!,” one fan said. Another commented on the Duke of Edinburgh, saying, “Look at Prince Philips face, absolutely bursting with pride.” One person also recalled, “I was a year old and this beautiful lady is still going strong. Awesome!”
It is so incredible to see the Queen continuing her reign after more than six decades on the throne!