Where Were Britain's Crown Jewels Hidden During WWII?

Where Were Britain's Crown Jewels Hidden During WWII?

The correct answer to where is: In a biscuit tin buried beneath Windsor Castle.

The Queen said she particularly likes the Black Prince's Ruby in the crown, which was reputedly worn by King Henry V in 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt.

The Coronation will be screened on BBC One at 8pm on Sunday.

The Queen, who spent the war years at Windsor for safety, had known of the general story but was unaware of the details until they were revealed to her told by the programme's presenter, royal commentator Alastair Bruce.

"They dug out this fresh, very virgin white chalk and they had to hide it with tarpaulins so when the aircraft flew over at night no clue was given to the German Luftwaffe that anything was going on", Bruce wrote. "Telling her seemed strangely odd". The trap door that led to the secret area still exists today.

Giving her personal recollection, the Queen also revealed how she had struggled with her coronation dress, which was embroidered in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread.

She jokingly states you can not look down when wearing the Imperial State Crown, which weighs 2lbs 13oz (1.28kgs), as your neck would "break".


"It's only sprung on leather", she added, and "not very comfortable". "Once you put it on, it stays".

She also recounted how she was brought to a standstill when her robes ran against the carpet pile in the abbey during her coronation. "Because if you did, your neck would break - it would fall off", the 91-year-old monarch says in a new documentary, aptly titled The Coronation, airing on Sunday, People magazine wrote.

In a rare television interview, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has shared private thoughts about her coronation, describing one of the crowns she wore at the ceremony as so heavy "your neck would break off".

Mr Bruce said: "The ground rules were "don't ask the Queen a direct question.' You can pose a comment to the Queen, which she can then respond to".

The keepers of the royal things were a little anxious about all the important crowns and stuff going missing or getting bombed during the second world war, hence the most important elements of the Crown Jewels were taken from their position in the Tower of London and hidden away.

"What fascinated me is the idea of the royal librarian gauging out the Stewart Sapphire, the Black Princess Ruby, the Edward-the-Confessor sapphire, just gauging them out with a pen nearly, and a knife, and sticking them into this little circular tin, and getting them ready so that they could be rushed away to an even more secure place".

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