British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin during WWII

Queen Elizabeth and how her crown could break her neck

It was buried below a secret exit on the orders of King George VI to prevent the jewels falling into Nazi hands.

Mr Bruce, who presents the documentary, told the: '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.

The Imperial State Crown includes sapphires belonging to St Edward the Confessor and Alexander II of Scotland, a ruby from Edward the Black Prince, pearls from Elizabeth I and the Cullinan II diamond.

Sir Owen's documents describe how a hole was dug in chalk earth, which had to be covered to hide it from enemy bombers, and two chambers with steel doors created.

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"It's not meant for traveling in at all". 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".

The Queen has opened up about the literal weight of responsibility that comes with being the head of the monarchy - and wearing the crown.

Queen Elizabeth II is remarkably and unabashedly particular: For example, she's never wavered from the corgi breed when selecting the no less than 30 dogs she's owned during her reign, and has made a point to eat the same food-a slice of chocolate biscuit cake-every single day.

"You can't look down".

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", Her Majesty observed.

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"Because if you did, your neck would break and it would fall off. So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they're quite important things".

The Cosmopolitan.com editor spent an entire week living like Queen Elizabeth II, which is apparently harder than it looks.

It also features the Black Prince's Ruby, believed to have been worn by King Henry V in his helmet at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

The British monarch joked that her ancestor's pearls are "not very happy now" and have been "hanging out for years, " adding: "The trouble is that pearls are sort of live things, and they need warming".

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