Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Here's How The British Royals Hid The Crown Jewels From Nazis

Here's How The British Royals Hid The Crown Jewels From Nazis

The documentary also revealed that numerous Crown Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin on the grounds of Windsor Castle during World War Two, to protect them from the Nazis - information that was so top-secret, the Queen herself only just found out about it.

The Queen may enjoy the great privilege of wearing a crown, but the extravagant headpiece doesn't come without its downside.

Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II has revealed how uncomfortable she was riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony, and how wearing the Imperial State Crown risks "breaking your neck".

But the details of the operation were kept so secret, it turns out, that not even Queen Elizabeth II-at the time a teenage princess-knew the whereabouts of the priceless gems.

"What was so lovely was that the Queen had no knowledge of it".

Oliver Urquhart Irvine, a librarian and assistant keeper of The Royal Archives, unearthed the story, and host Alistair Bruce had to inform the queen about it before the program aired, The Independent reported.

Morshead's documents describe how a hole was dug in chalk earth and two chambers with steel doors were created. A trapdoor used to access that secret hideaway still exists to this day.

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Bruce discusses the crown jewels with Queen Elizabeth in an exceptionally rare conversation recorded for television.

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

The queen wears the Imperial State Crown when she delivers a speech at the state opening of Parliament, the Independent reported.

"It's the sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one's life, really, as a sovereign", she said.

"You can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. Because if you did, your neck would break, or it would fall off", the Queen said. "Otherwise, they're quite important things", she shared.

The crown is set with 2,868 diamonds including 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 269 pearls, including four large pear-shaped pearls thought to have belonged to Elizabeth I.

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