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Offbeat New Documentary Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen's Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII

10:05  13 january  2018
10:05  13 january  2018 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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But during World War II , select gems from the priceless collection were stored in a biscuit tin and buried on Windsor Castle’ s grounds, according to Business Insider. The unorthodox hiding place was recently revealed in a new BBC documentary , The Coronation

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The unorthodox hiding place was recently revealed in a new BBC documentary, The Coronation, which looks back on Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne in 1953. British news commentator Alastair Bruce, who interviews the Queen in the hour-long special, says he stumbled across the story while perusing once-confidential letters between royal librarian Sir Owen Morshead and Queen Mary, the mother of King George VI and grandmother of Queen Elizabeth.

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The unorthodox hiding place was recently revealed in a new BBC documentary , The Coronation, which looks back on Queen Elizabeth II ’s rise © Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images New Documentary Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen ' s Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII .

In a new documentary for the Smithsonian Channel, "The Coronation," Queen Elizabeth II sits down with expert Alastair Bruce and learns of the plot to

Fearing that the Nazis would seize the royal jewels, George VI ordered the treasure-filled tin to be buried underneath a secret emergency castle exit. The jewels—including the Black Prince's Ruby and St. Edward's Sapphire, both taken from the Imperial State Crown—were accessible only through a trapdoor.

The freshly tilled earth was a chalky white. To avoid notice from the German Luftwaffe, tarps were used to conceal the dug-up grounds at night. The Nazis weren’t the only ones left in the dark: Princess Elizabeth, then 14 years old, had no idea where the gems were buried, although she did know they’d been hidden at Windsor.

This story—along with other musings on royalty from Queen Elizabeth—is shared in The Coronation, which airs on the Smithsonian Channel on January 14.

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A BBC documentary that aired over the weekend about Queen Elizabeth had all kinds of interesting royal nuggets, but one revelation in The makers of The Coronation were able to tell Elizabeth where her father hid the most precious of the crown jewels during World War II , reports the BBC.

Queen Elizabeth herself was kept in the dark for years. This page has not been collected by anyone yet.

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