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Queen Elizabeth II poses with the 17th century St Edward’s Crown for the documentary

Queen Elizabeth II poses with the 17th century St Edward’s Crown for the documentary

Queen Elizabeth looks fantastic, she is one of the world best-looking women and she takes part in the making of a new documentary about her coronation. The royal event, which took place 65 years ago became a subject of the new documentary. For the purpose of the movie, Queen poses with the legendary 17th century St Edward’s Crown.

Now, for the first time since her Coronation in 1953, Her Majesty has been reunited with the glittering – but little seen – St Edward’s Crown. Although many associates the British monarch with the Imperial State Crown – normally sported at the State Opening of Parliament – the St Edward’s Crown is used by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the actual moment of coronation.

A new BBC1 documentary The Coronation will tell the story of that unique event in the life of Britons and their Queen who became the longest-reigning royal in the history of the world. As RadioTimes reports, Queen Elizabeth II will share memories of her coronation in a special interview as part of an upcoming BBC documentary about the Crown Jewels.

The Coronation, an hour-long programme which will explore the role of the Crown Jewels in the ceremony and the history of King Edward’s crown, will feature the Queen recalling her ceremony in 1953 and that of her father, King George VI, in 1937.

St Edward’s Crown, facts and figures

Made for Charles II in 1661 by the Crown Jeweller, Robert Viner, it was a replacement for the original, medieval crown which had been melted down in 1649 by the Parliamentarians and was thought to date back to the 11th-century royal saint, Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England.

The ancient jewellery thing is composed of a solid gold frame, set with tourmalines, white and yellow topazes, rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnet, peridot, zircons, spinel, and aquamarines, mounted in enamelled gold collets, it also has a velvet cap with an ermine band.