The story of the Imperial State Crown

How does it feel to wear a crown? In this video, the Queen tells us some secrets about her very special Imperial State Crown.

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Transcript

The most important items used in the coronation are the monarch’s two crowns. If the Queen has only worn St Edward’s gold crown once, she is much more familiar with this: the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown. She wore it at the end of her coronation and for most State Openings of Parliament since.

Queen: You see, it’s much smaller, isn’t it?

Interviewer: Significantly.

Queen: I mean, it was ... it was the same height. You know, it would be, it would have been up to about there when my father wore it.

Interviewer: I mean, it was huge then.

Queen: Yes, very un... unwieldy.

Interviewer: It’s difficult to always remember that diamonds are stones, so very heavy.

Queen: Yes. Fortunately, my father and I have about, about the same sort of shaped head. But once you put it on, it stays. I mean it just remains, itself.

Interviewer: You have to keep your head very still.

Queen: Yes. And you can’t look down to read the speech. You have to take the speech up. Because if you did, your neck would break or it would fall off! So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re quite important things.

© BBC

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Submitted by AlexandraMT on Sun, 24/07/2022 - 13:53

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I think a monarch should be a good leader for his nation. He has to have many skills to manage people. At the same time, He must know about policy, history, cultures and other similar things. I think is dificult to be a monarch.

Submitted by meknini on Mon, 18/07/2022 - 17:03

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There is a monarch ruling each of the state in my country and they're all born with silver spoons as they've inherited the throne passed to them. They have their traditional functions in the governance but don't have much power in the running of the local state government. I don't actually understand 'fictional monarch', is it a king who declares himself as one without royal lineage or do you mean those fictional ones in films?

Hi meknini,

We're thinking of the latter case - a monarch from a film, book or story. :)

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Mon, 25/04/2022 - 13:00

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Can you describe a real or fictional monarch?
actually, i don't have much info about monarch, I think monarch is the time of the emperor where the king and queen lived in the palace and this time country rule followed by the king and queen rules

Submitted by zubeir on Sun, 20/02/2022 - 19:24

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Nice video. I have added new vocabularies to my list.

Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Mon, 07/02/2022 - 20:02

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A real monarch is someone who was born into a royal family with many blood rights, the most important is to take part in the decisions of the country and also represent it in public ceremonies around the world. A king or queen has a very expensive life with a lot of luxury around them, so in my opinion they are lucky people even though they sometimes have to put up with a lot of pressure.

Submitted by Avocado on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 09:46

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So this is about the crown, isn't it? Also about the kings and queens?

Hello Avocado,

It's more about the crown than it is about the monarch, though of course this crown is connected with the monarch.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sat, 09/05/2020 - 19:55

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A real or fictional monarch can be described as a royal leader for a particular nation. Example includes: Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth and so on.

Submitted by Evgeny N on Wed, 04/09/2019 - 15:14

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There is very interesting movie about monarch: The King's speech. About Queen's father King George VI.