Queen Elizabeth may be a public figure, but a lot about her is still shrouded in secrecy and mystery.
So when it was announced that the Queen would be sitting down for an interview and TV special to celebrate the 65th anniversary of her coronation, it was a pretty big deal.
The special, called The Coronation, aired on Britain’s BBC1 on January 14, 2018 — and some scenes totally stunned viewers.
Queen Elizabeth spent a portion of the documentary discussing her crown, which she called heavy but “quite important.” Yet it wasn’t the talk about the crown that shocked people — it was the way she handled it.
The Daily Mail reports that the crown was first presented to the Queen in all its glory. Only three people in the world are allowed to touch the crown — made in 1661 — without wearing gloves: Queen Elizabeth herself, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Queen’s Crown Jeweller.
When the crown came out for the interview, a gloved man laid it in front of the Queen. But while others handled the crown with reverence, Queen Elizabeth handled it like it was, well, her own.
She picked it up, turned it around, prodded at its pearls, and even said one of its sapphires was “pale” — and viewers were “aghast,” according to Daily Mail.
Many took to Twitter to discuss how the Queen was handling her crown. The Daily Mail reports that one person called it “manhandling,” while another joked that she was “purposefully trying to break it.”
Others called Queen Elizabeth “the Queen of sarcasm,” while plenty said they were impressed by how casually she handled something so priceless. As Twitter user MissRachLou wrote: “…watching the Queen man handle the crown… after someone reverently picked it up with gloves for her was hilarious.”
What do you think about people’s reactions to the Queen? It may be a priceless historical artifact, but, at the end of the day, it’s hers — and she can do whatever she wants with it.
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