Queen Elizabeth II has broken with her usual protocol of not giving interviews to speak with the BBC on the 65th anniversary of her coronation. The interview aired on Sunday as part of the broadcasters The Coronation documentary.
Part of the interview involved bringing out her crown. Specifically the St. Edward's Crown, which is only worn once by each monarch, at his or her coronation. In 1911, the crown was set with 444 precious and semi-precious stones, including 345 aquamarines, 12 rubies, 7 amethysts, 6 sapphires. Though it has been modified over the years. It's still solid gold, though, and weighs in at a hefty 5 lbs.
But the Internet was more shocked by how the Queen handled the priceless artifact, which is usually kept under lock and key on public display in the Tower of London.
Just give it a good poke.
And that wasn't the only surprising moment.
The Queen is now the Internet's grandma.
Well I thought this was one I’d be turning over, but watching the Queen man handle the crown (which is what she does when she wants to wear it) after someone reverently picked it up with gloves for her was hilarious. Great program #TheCoronation https://t.co/zKaMNdxCiv— Rach (@MissRachLou) January 14, 2018
If she wants she can throw it on the floor. I mean its her damn crown lol— DK (@motohddk) January 14, 2018
At the risk of coming off as a bit of a sycophant, I have to admit she is rather adorable.— Tiffany Quimbley (@TippyStyle) January 15, 2018
well, I mean, it IS her crown. the jewels, not so much, but the crown part is definitely hers.— satan's spawn, mrs puff, gloria lookin ass. (@abelsboo) January 15, 2018
LOL yeah I was watching it last night, Queenie's hilarious— Martha Nahar (@MarthaNahar) January 15, 2018
I laughed when HM done that. Throwing it around like it was a hard hat then just gave a cheeky smile. I bet the crown jeweller nearly had a stroke. . Absolute quality from HM— John Dunn (@JohnDunn5707) January 15, 2018
I loved it when the handler came in with white gloves and gently placed it in front of her ... and then - this ... ROFLMAO— Bill Shryock (@wdshryock) January 15, 2018
If she had an iPhone, I'm betting it wouldn't last long.