Queen says riding in gold state coach 'horrible'

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It was buried below a secret exit on the orders of King George VI to prevent the jewels falling into Nazi hands.

The most precious jewels - the Black Prince's Ruby and St Edward's Sapphire - were even removed from the Imperial State Crown and kept separately in the biscuit tin "in case of emergency".

"She's also got a wonderful sense of humor in a way without in any form undermining the story or the symbols or what the coronation is about", he said.

Royal commentator Alastair Bruce, who presents the BBC One documentary, said she did not know the story until he told her. "Telling her seemed strangely odd", Bruce told the Times newspaper.

On the BBC One documentary, the Queen reveals that the crown's height was reduced in height after her father wore it.

A trapdoor used to access the secret area where the biscuit tin was kept still exists today.

The queen also discusses the challenges of being head of state.

Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has revealed how uncomfortable riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony was and how wearing the Imperial State Crown risked "breaking your neck".

Other relevations in the programme include how the Queen became stuck with her Coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread.

Despite the intense pressure that must have been on her at the time, Bruce said Queen Elizabeth spoke of the coronation with lightness and clarity.

"But once you put it on, it stays", she said of the famous crown.

Another eye-opening tidbit is finding out that how much the Queen hated her ride in the four-tonne carriage taking her from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

The Queen's coronation was watched across the globe in 1953. [While] wearing regalia-that was designed for your forebear King Charles II-in 1661, including a crown that is five pounds in weight.:I just want you to imagine laying out five pounds of sugar bags and putting that on your head, but imagine it's a hat that is made to be too big for you.

"I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all", she says. "He said, 'Do you realise you have the real Crown?' And I said, 'I do realise that".

The documentary, which airs on BBC One Sunday at 8 p.m., is part of a Royal Collection Season created between the BBC and the Royal Collection Trust that showcases details of the family's life and the collection itself.

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