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THERE ARE HEAVY CROWNS SAYS ELIZABETH II TO BBC

There are disadvantages in real crowns and there are heavy crowns. For example, with the Imperial State Crown of Isabel II “you can not look down to read the speech, you have to lift it, if you do, your neck would break,” says British Queen unexpectedly to BBC in a program about her coronation in 1953 which will be broadcasted on Sunday.

In the wake of the good critique of the series “The Crown“, Elizabeth II, who has never given interviews, speaks in this documentary about real gems and says precious stones worn by the Imperial State crown -which she uses in the opening The British Parliament, where it must read the Government’s program- makes it very heavy.

This crown, which was in her coronation and with which his father, King George VI , was also crowned in 1937, has 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and hundreds of pearls, as well as a large ruby.

The queen tells BBC other details of her own coronation at Westminster Abbey in London, and, among others, talks about the discomfort in the carriage that transported her on June 2, 1953, a year after succeeding her father, King George VI.

“Fortunately, my father and I have our heads in almost the same way; but once you put it on, it stays (fixed)”, adds Elizabeth II, 91, who will be 66 years old as head of the British government on February 6.

The Queen describes the journey in the golden carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey as “horrible” and “very uncomfortable” and she states:

“So, there are disadvantages in the crowns, but otherwise they are quite important things.”

When recalling her coronation, Elizabeth II adds:

“I guess it’s really the beginning of one’s life as a sovereign.”

“It’s the kind of parade of chivalry and an antiquated way of doing things (…) I’ve seen a coronation and I’ve been the recipient of the other, something that is quite remarkable”. (January 12, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que…
A
la reina Isabel II aparecerá en un programa de un medio británico.
B
la reina Isabel II podría aparecer en un programa de la BBC.
C
un medio estadounidense emitirá una entrevista de la reina Isabel II.
Question 2
Según el texto…
A
Isabel II reflexionó sobre la monarquía británica.
B
Isabel II contó varias anécdotas relacionadas con su coronación.
C
Isabel II solo habló sobre lo que hizo en los últimos años.
Question 3
Isabel II considera que son muy cómodas todas las coronas que ha llevado.
A
No se sabe.
B
Es mentira.
C
Es verdad.
Question 4
La corona Imperial de Estado…
A
está adornada por muchas piedras preciosas.
B
no tiene mucho valor por las piedras preciosas que la adornan.
C
no está adornada por ningún tipo de piedra preciosa.
Question 5
¿A quién sucedió en el trono?
A
A Jorge VI.
B
A nadie.
C
Al padre de su padre.
Question 6
Según el texto, Isabel II afirma que…
A
estaba muy nerviosa el día de su coronación.
B
disfrutó del recorrido en carroza cuando iba a ser coronada.
C
no estuvo cómoda en la carroza que la llevó a la Abadía de Westminster.
Question 7
¿De qué color son los zafiros?
A
Rojo.
B
Verde.
C
Azul.
Question 8
¿De qué color son las esmeraldas?
A
Azul.
B
Verde.
C
Rojo.
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