British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin during WWII

British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin during WWII

"It's the sort of I suppose the beginning of one's life really as a sovereign", she said. As it turns out, the bride-to-be has already tried one on for size, thanks to her reign as Homecoming Queen in high school.

For one, the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown (which she wears to official events) is *extremely* weighty (about two and a half pounds to be exact!), and requires her to look straight ahead at all times.

The crown, made for her father's coronation, is set with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and hundreds of pearls, including four originally worn as earrings by Elizabeth I. It also features a gemstone known as the Black Prince's Ruby. It had been "very unwieldy", she added. That much was clear after he was with the Queen when she watched her coronation for the very first time, as part of the upcoming documentary The Coronation, which examines the 1953 ceremony on its 65th anniversary. "But once you've put it on it stays, I mean it just remains itself", The Queen said in the BBC documentary.

Her account, written in a school exercise book, was inscribed: "To Mummy and Papa, In Memory of Their Coronation, From Lilibet".

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. "We were only children then", the queen says in "The Coronation", according to Town and Country magazine.

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The documentary also revealed that numerous Crown Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin on the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War Two, to protect them from the Nazis - information that was so top-secret, the Queen herself only just found out about it.

In addition, she sipped on the Queen's favorite cocktail - rumored to be a combination of gin with Dubonnet - although Thompson was not quite sold on the drink.

"And 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 (the crown) would fall off", she said smiling.

In the documentary, which airs in full on Sunday January 14, Queen Elizabeth candidly explained that the crown wasn't her only source of discomfort.

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