Top Secret: British Royals Hid Crown Jewels From Nazis in Cookie Tin

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

Bruce has reportedly shared the secret with the Queen, letting her know that her father placed the precious jewels in an empty can of Bath Oliver cookies as London was being relentlessly bombed by Hitler's aviation.

In the hour-long programme The Coronation, to be aired on Sunday, the Queen speaks candidly about the moment she was crowned and jokingly says she cannot look down while wearing the Imperial State Crown, which weighs 2lbs 13oz (1.28kg), as her "neck would break".

The crown, which she has worn for most state openings of Parliament since the coronation, was adapted slightly after the death of her father, with its arches lowered to create a smaller, more feminine object for the queen. It had been "very unwieldy", she added.

Granted, as Queen Elizabeth II herself will tell you, wearing an *actual* crown is no easy feat.

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"Horrible", she said of the ride in the four-tonne carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs have been crowned since 1066. "I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all", she said. The documentary also features an interview with the Queen and it is expected to make more revelations such like this. "If you did look down, your neck would break". "But once you put it on, it stays".

Among the revelations of the BBC program airing Sunday is that the crown jewels were kept safe during World War II by being hidden in a biscuit tin buried at Windsor Castle.

" ... Because if you did, your neck would break - it would fall off", the queen said in ", a new documentary coming to The Smithsonian Channel. 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".

Here is the Queen watching archive footage of the momentous day and revealing the sense of history, and humour, that has characterised her reign. 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.

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