Queen Elizabeth II spoke about the disadvantages of having to wear a crown as she gave a rare TV interview for the BBC documentary “The Coronation”.
As well as reflecting on her coronation in 1953, the 91-year-old monarch also revealed the downsides to her attire, admitting the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown is extremely heavy.
After saying the crown had been “very unwieldy” when her father, King George VI, wore it during his coronation on May 12, 1937, the Queen commented: “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.”
Interviewer and contributor Alastair Bruce then pointed out, “It’s difficult to always remember that diamonds are stones—so, very heavy.”
“Yes,” Her Majesty 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.”
The royal also said you have to be extremely careful not to move your head while giving public speeches.
“You have to take the speech up,” she explained, “because if you did [look down], your neck would break. It would fall off.
“So, there are some disadvantages to crowns. Otherwise, they’re quite important things.”
You can see more from the interview, which airs January 14, here.