"But once you put it on, it stays".
Despite the physical discomfort her coronation caused, the queen recognizes the event's significance.
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in pictures Fri, January 12, 2018 Photographs from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II which took place on June 2 1953. It was not only too big for the Queen, but also much too heavy along with the rest of the regalia, which is why she wisely practiced wearing it ahead of time by donning it while going about her ordinary day, such as while reading the newspaper or taking her tea.
Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II has revealed how uncomfortable she was riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony, and how wearing the Imperial State Crown risks "breaking your neck".
"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", she said in a clip from the documentary. It weighs almost 3 pounds, and Queen Elizabeth II jokes that you can't look down while wearing it or your neck might break. She was a teen at that time, but it wasn't until recently that she learned the truth, during the filming of a BBC documentary. "Otherwise, they're quite important things", she shared.
It is much lighter than the 4.9lbs gold St Edward's Crown - which is used for the moment of crowning - and is decorated with 444 precious and semi-precious stones, with Baroque arches.
"It's not meant for travelling in at all", the Queen said.
"You have to keep your head very still", Bruce reportedly says as the pair examine the Imperial State Crown and watch footage of the Queen's Coronation in 1953. Not very comfortable. It can only go at walking pace. "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable", she noted.
The Coronation is part of the Royal Collection Season on BBC and will air this Sunday.