'Unwieldy crown could break your neck,' says Queen

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In a very rare, personal account for a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday, she speaks candidly about the occasion and some of the Crown Jewels which play a symbolic role in the ceremony.

Wearing a crown is the privilege that comes with being the Queen, but according to the 91-year-old monarch, the extravagant headpiece is far more risky that it looks.

The queen not only granted permission for the jewels to be seen and captured for the show, but she also watched footage of her own coronation (which took place back in 1953)-which she had never done before.

Speaking to the Queen for the BBC documentary, Bruce told Her Majesty - who had been only 14 at the time - the story.

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", she said in a clip from the documentary. "Once you put it on, it stays". "I mean, it just remains itself".

Her Majesty added the seven-metre-long gilded carriage, which weighs around four tonnes and is pulled by eight horses, is "not meant for travelling in at all", according to Sky News.

"Because if you did [look down] your neck would break and [the crown] would fall off", the queen said, smiling as she tilted her head downwards.

The keepers of the royal things were a little anxious about all the important crowns and stuff going missing or getting bombed during the second world war, hence the most important elements of the Crown Jewels were taken from their position in the Tower of London and hidden away.

The stones, including the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were placed in the metal box and buried under a sally port, a secured entrance.

The Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in royal regalia, posed for this special Jubilee picture in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, after she had delivered the traditional Queen's speech at the 1976 official State Opening of Parliament.

Mr Bruce told the Times newspaper: "What was so lovely was that the Queen had no knowledge of it".

He said documents from Sir Owen Morshead, the royal librarian to Queen Mary, mother of King George VI, shed light on how how a hole was dug in chalk earth and two chambers with steel doors created, with a trap door that still exists today.

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

She claims it is so heavy that she has to keep her head lifted in fear of breaking her neck.

Graham, now 99, also noted in his book that the queen's official position "has prevented her from openly endorsing our Crusade meetings".

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

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