The Queen used to wear the Imperial State Crown during the State Opening of Parliament, usually once a year – but she once warned there is one thing you can never do while wearing it
The Queen has now spent a staggering 70 years on the throne and is officially in her Platinum Jubilee year.
And in that time, she’s had countless opportunities to wear crowns and tiaras while carrying out official duties.
But by far her most impressive piece of bling is the Imperial State Crown, which she used to wear at least once a year at the State Opening of Parliament.
But despite being the only person in the country to wear it, she revealed just how dangerous it can be – and why wearing it is not a very pleasant experience.
Her Majesty made the comments in a 2018 BBC documentary in which she discussed the 65th anniversary of her coronation.
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Alastair Bruce, an expert on the Crown Jewels who had a conversation with Her Majesty in the documentary, said: “It’s difficult to always remember that diamonds are stones and so they’re very heavy.”
The Queen replied: “Yes, fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head. But once you put it on it stays. I mean it just remains on.”
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And when asked how she still has to keep her head when wearing it, she explained: “You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up.
“Because if you did, your neck would break – it would fall off.
“So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re quite important things.”
It has been a historic week for the Queen, who marked the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on Sunday – as well as the anniversary of the death of her beloved father George VI.
She spent the day at Sandringham, although traveled back to Windsor on Monday, where it is believed she was resuming royal duties.
On the eve of her Platinum Jubilee, she released a statement and expressed her wish for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to be known as Queen Consort when Prince Charles takes the throne.
It has been assumed that Camilla would take the title Princess Consort instead – although there had been speculation that Charles wanted his wife to be his Queen.
But in a message to the nation, the Queen wrote: “When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me.
“And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as the Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”