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.