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Queen's Imperial State Crown Getty Queen's Imperial State Crown The Queen wears the crown for the State Opening of Parliament
Andrew Cummings | 15 January, 2018, 01:44

"It's only sprung on leather".

QUEEN Elizabeth has given her first detailed account of her coronation nearly 65 years ago, joking that the crown was so heavy it could have broken her neck, while footage has been released of her children, young Prince Charles and Princess Anne, playing under her elaborate coronation robes.

He added: "I think that is one of the reasons why she has chosen the 65th anniversary [of her coronation] to allow us this extraordinary unique access to the crown jewels and for her to take part in helping to bring them to life".

"I make a comment, "It's incredible how red this wall hanging is", and then there was a pause and the Queen would say, 'Well, red is a very strong colour, ' and off we go". "It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things really".

As the queen handles the crown, she points to four pearls hanging underneath the arches, two of which are believed to have belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots and bought by Elizabeth I.

And like many women today, Her Maj also struggled with fashion on the day, explaining how coronation dress was a struggle.

"You see, it's much smaller isn't it?" she says in a BBC trailer, gesturing to the height of the crown's arches.

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In the same chat, she also revealed her crown was so heavy it could've killed her.

The Queen was just 25 when she ascended the throne following the death of her father King George VI in 1952, with the coronation taking place a year later.

The Coronation airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One.

She joked that the sheer weight of the crown (1.28kg, which includes 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, hundreds of pearls and stone known as the Black Prince's Ruby) meant she was unable to look up or down while wearing it, for fear her "neck would break".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth waits before delivering her speech in the House of Lords, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain, May 8, 2013. Because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off.

The Queen has never given a formal interview during her long reign.

Members of Royal family in the 1960s, from left is Prince Charles with Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. "So there are some disadvantages to crowns but otherwise they're quite important things".

"Not what they're meant to do", the Queen quipped.

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