Crown Jewels Hidden From Nazis in a Cookie Tin


In a rare conversation with Alastair Bruce, an expert on the crown jewels, Queen Elizabeth II reveals she is afraid of looking down while she's wearing one of the crowns because it could break her neck.

A file picture of Queen Elizabeth wearing the royal crown in London.

Bruce told reporters at a press screening of the documentary that the Queen seemed very at ease with the Crown Jewels, even grabbing a table the crown was resting and dragging it closer.

"You can't look down".

The gems, including the Black Prince's Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were placed in the Bath Oliver biscuit tin and buried under a sally port - a secret exit from the castle used in times of emergency.

The queen wears the Imperial State Crown when she delivers a speech at the state opening of Parliament, the Independent reported. "Because if you did, your neck would break, or it would fall off", the Queen said.

The Queen, along with her family, spent the war years at the Windsor castle for her safety.

Queen Elizabeth and how her crown could break her neck

'So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things'.

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.

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. Anxious that the weight of the elaborate jewels at the centrepiece of her crown would injure her neck, she quips: "So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things".

The Queen said she particularly likes the Black Prince's Ruby in the crown, which was reputedly worn by King Henry V in 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt. "It's only sprung on leather". "Bit rash, but that was the sort of thing they did, I suppose, in those days".

The Queen recounted: 'Well, I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all'. The documentary also features an interview with the Queen and it is expected to make more revelations such like this.

The Coronation is part of the Royal Collection Season on BBC and will air this Sunday.

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