Queen Elizabeth Opens Up About Her Struggles During Coronation, Saying The Crown Could Easily "Break Your Neck"
Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, back in 1953, was a significant milestone in the British history. The national holiday took place on June 2, 1953, and was celebrated by every single resident of the Commonwealth. However, the Queen remembers this day as one of the hardest she has had to endure.
In a special Interview for the BBC, the monarch opened up for the first time about struggles during the coronation. The then 27-year-old Princess succeeded her father, King George VI, to the throne.
The ceremony looked perfect to the viewers, however, it was not so smooth for the young Queen.
On her way to Westminster Abby, Elizabeth had to travel in the four-ton Gold State Coach, which was not designed for long trips at all. She had to put up with an uncomfortable position throughout the journey along the city streets, greeting hundreds of thousands of people lining up to see the new ruler.
On top of that, the festive gown gave her quite a hard time as well! The Queen remembers:
I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn’t move at all.
The luxury item was decorated with gold, silver, pearls, sequins, and crystals. Naturally, it restricted the Queen’s mobility due to its heavy weight.
in addition to the Throne, Elizabeth also inherited the Imperial Crown, which weighs 2.2 pounds. However, during the coronation ceremony, Elizabeth had to wear the 4.9lbs gold St Edward’s Crown, set with 444 precious and semi-precious stones.
”There are some disadvantages to crowns”, she says in the Interview. “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.”
Elizabeth's coronation was the first one to be televised in history! Despite all those inconveniences the Queen had to endure during the ceremony, the BBC filming crew captured how graceful and confident the new monarch was. The live event was watched by more than 27 million people in Britain, while it is estimated that 11 million listened to it on the radio.