"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head", Her Majesty observed.
Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was crowned queen on June 2, 1953, at London's Westminster Abbey, in an ancient, grand service whose origins date back 1,000 years.
"But once you put it on, it stays", she said of the famous crown.
"Very unwieldy", she adds. You have to take the speech up. It was not only too big for the Queen, but also much too heavy along with the rest of the regalia, which is why she wisely practiced wearing it ahead of time by donning it while going about her ordinary day, such as while reading the newspaper or taking her tea. "Because if you did, your neck would break and it [the crown] would fall off", she said smiling.
She may have kept quiet at the time, but now, 65 years later, the Queen apparently had no qualms about describing the ride as "horrible". 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 horses couldn't possibly go any faster".
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.
If it's too much, we're happy to trade places with you, Queen Elizabeth!