Queen Elizabeth II insisted on wearing the crown of St. Edward during her coronation in order to go through the same ceremony as her father 17 years before her. But Her Majesty will never be able to wear the spectacular jewel again, as the Royal Family dictates the crown used only to crown a new sovereign, which means that Prince Charles will be the likely next bearer. Discussing footage of the coronation, the narrator of the Italian documentary series Ulisse, Luca Ward, noted that the queen renounced the crown of St. Edward within minutes of becoming the new sovereign.
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Mr Ward said: “After the coronation, it was time to pay homage to the new sovereign, and among the first to do so was the Duke Philip of Edinburgh, who opened his head and bowed to his wife.
“Then Elizabeth walked down the aisle with a globe, a scepter and a crown. But the crown is different.
“Before she left the abbey, she wore the lightest imperial state crown. St. Edward̵
The use of the crown of St. Edward was restored by the Queen’s grandfather, George V, after his coronation in 1910.
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The jewel was not used to anoint new British monarchs for more than 200 years, but was presented on the altar of Westminster Abbey during the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838.
Her son, Edward VII, had planned to resume the ceremony with leading Crown jewelery, but was forced to postpone plans due to the weight of the crown, which puts too much pressure on his body as he recovers from appendicitis surgery.
However, Queen Elizabeth II continued the family tradition and rejected attempts to encourage her to agree to remove parts of the original crown to lose weight.
Ulisse narrator Alberto Angela revealed that Her Majesty did not want to modify the song to carry the same burden that her father had during his own coronation.
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The crown is not used outside of coronations, but the jewelry remains at the center of the Crown Jewels collection and is usually displayed alongside parts of the collection in the Tower of London.
Prince Charles is not expected to wear the crown until his coronation, but he had a chance to take a closer look when St. Edward’s crown was brought to a special ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s throne in 2013.
Since then, the jewel has remained in the Tower of London, but flashes of its majesty can be seen in the many insignia that the Royal Family uses daily.
A stylized version of the crown for coats of arms, badges and logos has been adopted within the British Commonwealth to symbolize the Queen’s power.