Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Crown Jewels Hidden From Nazis in a Cookie Tin

Crown Jewels Hidden From Nazis in a Cookie Tin

The Queen still uses the Imperial State crown at some events.

Bruce told The Times newspaper that an "electric set of letters" from Owen Morshead, the royal librarian, to Queen Mary, King George VI's mother, shed light on the mystery. "Because if you did, your neck would break and [the crown] would fall off".

"You can't look down".

In the documentary, the Queen also talks about the amusing trials and tribulations of being head of state - from the perils of wearing a heavy crown, to her robes sticking to a thick carpet pile.

It's no surprise, then, that now that she's 91 and definitely put in her time observing decorum, upon being given the occasion to reflect on her coronation 65 years ago, the Queen is sharing her real two cents on what was a "pretty challenging day for her as a 25-year-old", as the royal family reporter Alastair Bruce described it to InStyle.

The Imperial State Crown is very heavy, riding in a gold carriage was "horrible", and some of the Crown Jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin during World War Two, the Queen has revealed.

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

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", Her Majesty observed.

Queen Elizabeth and how her crown could break her neck
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At only 27-years-old, Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen in a glamorous ceremony on 2 June 1953. "I mean, it just remains on'".

Queen Elizabeth II is remarkably and unabashedly particular: For example, she's never wavered from the corgi breed when selecting the no less than 30 dogs she's owned during her reign, and has made a point to eat the same food-a slice of chocolate biscuit cake-every single day.

The crown features a gem known as the Black Prince's Ruby which is believed to have been worn by Henry V in his helmet at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

The Cosmopolitan.com editor spent an entire week living like Queen Elizabeth II, which is apparently harder than it looks.

The Queen acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, when her father died unexpectedly in his sleep at Sandringham in Norfolk.

"The only word I can come up with is medicinal, like cough syrup", she said.

Mr Bruce said: 'Really?' and the monarch replied: 'Yes, they hadn't thought of that'.

The Coronation is screened on One at 8pm on Sunday.

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