Britain's Queen Elizabeth waits before delivering her speech in the House of Lords, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain, May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was crowned queen on June 2, 1953, at London's Westminster Abbey, in an ancient, grand service whose origins date back 1,000 years.In a very rare, personal account for a BBC documentary to be aired Sunday, she speaks candidly about the occasion and some of the Crown Jewels that play a symbolic role in the ceremony.Elizabeth, now 91, was just 25 when she became queen on the death of her father George VI in 1952, with the coronation taking place the following year.Charles has previously revealed how his mother had practiced wearing the 2.2-kilogram St. Edward's Crown while he was being bathed.Elizabeth wore two crowns for the occasion: the St. Edward's Crown, which she has never worn since, and the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown which she wears at formal occasions such as the opening of Parliament when she delivers a speech outlining the government's legislative plans.
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