Crown jewels hidden in biscuit tin during WW2


"It's the sort of, I suppose, the, really, as a sovereign", she said.

Bruce has reportedly shared the secret with the Queen, letting her know that her father placed the precious jewels in an empty can of Bath Oliver cookies as London was being relentlessly bombed by Hitler's aviation.

The most valuable jewels - the Black Prince's Ruby and St Edward's Sapphire - were removed from the Imperial State Crown and kept separately in the cookie box "in case of emergency". The 91-year-old opened up about the fashionable task for a soon-to-be-released Smithsonian documentary, The Coronation, sharing that although the importance of the crown is not lost on her, "There are some disadvantages".

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".

Restored footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II featured in'A Queen is Crowned
Restored footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II featured in ‘A Queen is Crowned

They are part of the Royal Collection and are owned by Queen Elizabeth II in the right of the Crown.

Meghan Markle may have much to learn when it comes to the rules of becoming a member of the Royal family, but there's one thing she's already gotten a head start on: wearing a tiara! The documentary also features informal footage taken behind the scenes, including images of son and heir Prince Charles, then aged four, and his younger sister Anne playing underneath the queen's long robe. "You can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up". "If you did look down, your neck would break". "They were meant to be Queen Elizabeth's earrings", she said. 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". "But once you put it on, it stays".

In addition, she sipped on the Queen's favorite cocktail - rumored to be a combination of gin with Dubonnet - although Thompson was not quite sold on the drink. Elizabeth has never given a formal interview during her long reign and Coronation expert Alastair Bruce, whom the queen spoke to for the programme, said their 1-1/2-hour interaction had been a "conversation".