What ONE THING does the Queen hate about being the Queen? It’s her CROWN – but why?

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What ONE THING does the Queen hate about being the Queen? It’s her CROWN – but why?

QUEEN Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning British monarch after ascending the throne in 1952. But why does the Queen hate her crown?

The Queen has rarely revealed personal stories about her time on the throne since taking on the role at the age of 25 after her father died at Sandringham in Norfolk, on February 6, 1952. But she has shared previously unheard anecdotes from when she was crowned on June 2, 1953, in a new hour-long BBC documentary called The Coronation. One of her biggest peeves is that she has always struggled to wear the Imperial State Crown, as it is so heavy.

Queen Elizabeth II The monarch has shared what she dislikes about being Queen Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II The monarch has shared what she dislikes about being Queen Image GETTY

Talking to royal commentator Alastair Bruce, the Queen joked she was unable to look down and felt like her “neck would break” when the crown was first placed on her head, as it weighed 1.28kg (2lbs 13oz).

She said: “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 on.

“You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. Because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off.

“So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re quite important things.”

The Imperial State Crown was orginally made for her father George VI’s coronation in 1937.

Queen Elizabeth II news The Imperial State Crown is said to be too heavy Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II news The Imperial State Crown is said to be too heavy Image GETTY

It’s no surprise it weighs her down, as the crown is made up of 2,868 diamonds, hundreds of pearls, 17 sapphires and 11 emeralds.

A gemstone called the Black Prince’s Ruby is also part of the design, which is believed to have been worn at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt by Henry V.

In the documentary, the Queen also talks about the ceremonial robes she wore during her coronation being heavy too.

She remembers having to stop suddenly, as the robes dragged too much on the thick carpet at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen said: “Well, I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn’t move at all. They hadn’t thought of that.”

Queen Elizabeth IIs coronation took place on June 2 1953 Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth IIs coronation took place on June 2 1953 Image GETTY

The golden carriage that transported her from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey was also described as “horrible – it’s only sprung on leather, not very comfortable”.

But speaking about the coronation overall, the Queen remarked: “It’s the sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really as a sovereign.

“It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things.

“I’ve seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable.”

The Coronation documentary will also show behind-the-scenes footage of a four-year-old Prince Charles and his younger sister Anne playing hide-and-seek underneath the Queen’s long formal robes.

The Queen joked this was “not what they’re meant to do”.

The Coronation will air at 8pm on Sunday, January 14, on BBC One.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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