You never know where Queen Elizabeth II will make a surprise appearance next. Even now, the 91-year-old royal is continuing to do things that she normally wouldn’t, which keeps us on our toes.
Through her six-decade rein, The Queen has rarely spoken candidly on camera, which makes times like these all the more powerful.
In the new documentary The Coronation, Queen Elizabeth II makes a surprise appearance when she discusses her coronation in 1953, as well as the dazzling crown she wore on that day.
The film uses rare footage and explores the history behind the famous crown that the Queen has only worn once in her life.
Including 23,000 precious stones, the original St. Edward’s Crown was destroyed after the English Civil War, but was remade for the Coronation of Charles II in 1661. Weighing a whopping 4 pounds, Queen Elizabeth II only wore the precious piece for a brief time during her coronation, before switching to a lighter crown.
She also goes on to speak about the 1937 coronation of her father King George VI, when she was just 11-years-old.
“I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” says the royal great-grandmother.