In a lighthearted BBC interview with Alastair Bruce, a smiling Queen Elizabeth II examined the iconic Imperial State Crown worn by both her father and herself during their respective Coronations and spoke delightedly about its jewels, its weight, how to wear such a heavy item and how to read while wearing this crown.
It’s very unwieldy. …Once you put it on, it stays. I mean, it just remains still. You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up, because if you did your neck would break and it would fall off. So there are some disadvantages to the crown, but they’re quite important things.
After 22 years planning, tonight film on #Coronation about history & meaning of the #CrownJewels is broadcast in #UK on @BBCOne & #USA on @SmithsonianChan at 8pm. Unconfined thanks to The Queen whose insight connects the nation once more with these national symbols #CrownIsOurs pic.twitter.com/peaQWUHOVe
— Alastair Bruce (@AlastairBruce_) January 14, 2018
This interview is part of a The Coronation, a BBC documentary celebrating the 65th anniversary of the event, which aired on January 14, 2017.