British Crown jewels were hidden in biscuits during Second World War

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

The whereabouts of the precious stone were not even divulged to the Queen.

For one, the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown (which she wears to official events) is *extremely* weighty (about two and a half pounds to be exact!), and requires her to look straight ahead at all times. Elizabeth, now 91, was just 25 when she became queen on the death of her father George VI in 1952, with the coronation taking place the following year.

The British monarch joked that her ancestor's pearls are "not very happy now" and have been "hanging out for years, " adding: "The trouble is that pearls are sort of live things, and they need warming". The ornate gold carriage has been used for every coronation since 1066.

Prince Charles has previously spoken of how his mother had practised wearing the 2.2kg St Edward's Crown while he was being bathed. She recalled the Coronation journey from the palace to Westminster Abbey.

A crown is the symbol of a 2000-year-old concept of a kingdom, a halo of light representing the head of state and a visible expression of the relationship between sovereign and subject. Chatting with BBC royal commentator Alastair Bruce, 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.

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

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

"The only word I can come up with is medicinal, like cough syrup", she said. 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".

During World War II, the royal family took recourse to extraordinary measures to protect the most precious diamonds at Windsor Castle, a new documentary revealed.

In addition, she sipped on the Queen's favorite cocktail - rumored to be a combination of gin with Dubonnet - although Thompson was not quite sold on the drink. The operation, meant to ensure the priceless gems did not fall into Nazi hands, was ordered by Queen Elizabeth II's father, King George VI.

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