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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary), is the Head of State of the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

In very candid remarks, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has shed light on some behind-the-scenes details of her 1953 coronation, including the challenging task of making sure that the more than 4-pound State Imperial Crown didn't fall off her head during the once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.

The Queen's Coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1953 was one of the great spectacles of the 20th century, a piece of pageantry that transfixed television viewers around the world.

Royal commentator Alastair Bruce, who presents the BBC One documentary, said she did not know the story until he told her.

"But once you put it on, it stays", she said of the famous crown. I mean it's only sprung on leather.

In the hour-long program "The Coronation", Queen Elizabeth gives viewers her personal account of the memorable event that took place 65 years ago, sharing just what it was like to be in her shoes. After he delivers a sermon for the royal family at Windsor Castle, the queen says that she felt "a great joy" to be 'a simple congregant, being taught, being led.to be able to just disappear and be. "Otherwise, they're quite important things".

The most precious jewels - the Black Prince's Ruby and St Edward's Sapphire - were even removed from the Imperial State Crown and kept separately in the biscuit tin "in case of emergency".

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GETTY Princess Elizabeth was just 27 on her Coronation Day

She also revealed that riding in an enormous golden carriage was less fun than you'd expect. King George VI, the father of the Queen, was said to have given the orders.

If she has never officially given an interview, The Coronation is as close the Queen will ever come to displaying a hitherto unseen chat-show persona.

"It's fun to see I think", she said.

Describing the crown as "unwieldy", the Queen explained how it was adapted after the death of her father to fit her.

It is part of the Royal Collection season, in partnership between the BBC and Royal Collection Trust.

She revealed the seven-metre-long (24ft) gilded carriage, which weighs nearly four tons and is pulled by eight horses, is "not meant for travelling in at all".

The British sovereign does not concede interviews to the press, but spoke exclusively to the BBC for the recording of "The Coronation", a documentary on the British Crown jewels and the other regalia - scheduled for broadcast this Sunday - of which brief extracts were made available on Friday, Efe news agency reported.


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