If it’s too much, we’re happy to trade places with you, Queen Elizabeth! In a rare new interview for the upcoming documentary The Coronation on the Smithsonian Channel, she revealed there are some “disadvantages” to wearing a crown.
“There are some disadvantages to crowns. Otherwise, they’re quite important things,” she shared. “You have to take the speech up [when reading it] because if you did [look down], your neck would break. It would fall off.”
In the documentary, Elizabeth is talking about the crown her father, King George, wore at his 1937 coronation, which was also the same one she wore to hers in June 1953. “I’ve seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” she noted. “You see? It’s much smaller, isn’t it? It was the same height. You know, it would have been up to about there when my father wore it,” she said while pointing out the height difference with her hands.
The interviewer, Alastair Bruce, pointed out how heavy actual diamond stones can be — especially on the head! “Yes,” Elizabeth agreed. “Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head, but once you put it on, it stays. I mean, it just remains itself.”
This comes after the Queen called her coach ride to her coronation “horrible.” “It’s only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable,” she said.
The Queen’s new documentary will air on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. EST. “It is truly an honor to have Her Majesty The Queen revealing her intimate knowledge of the Crown Jewels — and fond childhood memories from when her father was crowned King George VI,” Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC, said, according to People. “The Queen’s words will bring to life the importance of the coronation ceremony for modern audiences to enjoy.” We can’t wait to watch!
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