'Horrible': The Queen reveals surprising downsides of 1953 Coronation

'Horrible': The Queen reveals surprising downsides of 1953 Coronation

The whereabouts of the precious stone were not even divulged to the Queen.

The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen may enjoy the great privilege of wearing a crown, but the extravagant headpiece doesn't come without its downside. "Horrible", she said of the ride in the four-tonne carriage from Buckingham Palace to the abbey where English monarchs have been crowned since 1066. "Because if you did, your neck would break and it [the crown] would fall off", she said smiling.

"She wears a lot of matching hats and coats", Thompson told Inside Edition.

Alastair Bruce, an expert on the Crown Jewels, was the one to discover letters from the royal librarian, Sir Owen Morshead, to Queen Mary, George VI's mother, that show where the diamonds were hidden, according to the Times.

Bruce has reportedly shared the secret with the Queen, letting her know that her father placed the precious jewels in an empty can of Bath Oliver cookies as London was being relentlessly bombed by Hitler's aviation.

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Photo The version of the Imperial State Crown the queen wore to her coronation had been made for father's coronation but was later slightly altered to fit her. Credit Pool photo by Eddie Mulholland The crown was too big for her head.

The British monarch joked that her ancestor's pearls are "not very happy now" and have been "hanging out for years, " adding: "The trouble is that pearls are sort of live things, and they need warming".

Some historians also believe that a proportion of early Crown Jewels were lost when King John's baggage train was caught in incoming tides at the Wash in East Anglia in 1216.

"But once you put it on, it stays", she said.

And like many women today, Her Maj also struggled with fashion on the day, explaining how coronation dress was a struggle. Elizabeth, unamused, says, "That's not what they were meant to do". "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things". "I mean, it just remains on'". "I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all!"

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