The Queen's wicked sense of humour on full display in new documentary

By Emmy Griffiths

The Queen is revered for a host of admirable qualities but one that's not often revealed is her wicked sense of humour, which was on full display during a rare interview for the BBC documentary The Coronation last night (Jan. 14). In the special, she joked about the "horribly uncomfortable" golden carriage that took her from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace, shared how heavy the crown really was and handled it without protective gloves.

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Queen Elizabeth sitting in a victorian style chair at BBC in front of a picture of a throwback shot of her Coronation
The Queen spoke about her coronation

Speaking about the weight of the crown, she agreed with her interviewer, Alastair Bruce, that she had to keep her head up for the risk of breaking her neck. 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, it would fall off. So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re quite important things." She added that her gown for the ceremony also proved difficult, joking that she "couldn't move at all" while walking against the pile of the carpet.

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Speaking about her golden carriage, she added: "It's not meant for travelling in at all. I mean, it's only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable," adding: "We must have gone about four to five miles. It can only go at a walking pace. The horses couldn't possibly go any faster. It's so heavy."

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Throwback: Queen Elizabeth II about to get crowned as she is awaiting on her throne and draped in a long gold gown
The Queen opened up about her gown and crown

Alastair revealed that the Queen had "the most delightful sense of humour" during the show, and viewers took to Twitter to discuss the documentary. One person wrote: "I'm 100% sure the Queen is the Queen of sarcasm... 'The bishops are there to hold the crown but they didn’t need too' 'Oh really? I thought they were there to hold my clothes.'" Another person added: "Well I thought this was one I’d be turning over, but watching the Queen man handle the crown (which is what she does when she wants to wear it) after someone reverently picked it up with gloves for her was hilarious. Great programme. #TheCoronation."

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