Wealthy with historical past and accountability, the Imperial State Crown is usually a heavy burden to bear. However for Queen Elizabeth II, sporting the crown comes with way more sensible considerations.
“You’ll be able to’t look down … As a result of in case you did, your neck would break — it could fall off,” the queen mentioned in “The Coronation,” a brand new documentary coming to The Smithsonian Channel.
“So there are some disadvantages to crowns, however in any other case they’re fairly vital issues,” Elizabeth added.
In a uncommon on-air interview, the queen recounts her 1953 coronation with exceptional candor. When requested about her miles-long experience round London within the Gold State Coach, the queen recalled it was “not very comfy.”
“Horrible,” she mentioned. “It’s not meant for touring in in any respect.”
The queen additionally remembers grappling together with her unwieldy coronation robe.
“I keep in mind one second once I was going in opposition to the pile of the carpet and I couldn’t transfer in any respect,” she mentioned.
Regardless of the bodily discomfort her coronation prompted, the queen acknowledges the occasion’s significance.
“It’s the kind of, I suppose, the start of 1’s life, actually, as a sovereign,” she mentioned.
“The Coronation” airs on The Smithsonian Channel on Jan. 14 at eight p.m.