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World War II: Crown Jewels Hidden From Nazis in a Cookie Tin

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The Imperial State Crown is carried on a cushion during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in central London on May 18, 2016. (Eddie Mulholland/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 12 Jan 2018 05:17 PM

A new BBC documentary reveals the Crown Jewels were hidden in a cookie tin at Windsor Castle during World War II to protect them from the Nazis — and that Queen Elizabeth II, who was a teenager at the time, didn’t know they were being kept there.

The precious stones from the crown were put into a Bath Oliver tin and buried in a deep hole near a security entrance to the castle on orders from King George VI, reported The Times of London.

The story has been a closely guarded secret for many years, but an investigation for a BBC documentary “The Coronation” brought it to light, The Independent reported.

Oliver Urquhart Irvine, a librarian and assistant keeper of The Royal Archives, unearthed the story, and host Alistair Bruce had to inform the queen about it before the program aired, The Independent reported.

Letters from Sir Owen Morshead, the former royal librarian to George VI’s mother Queen Mary, described the hiding place in detail, The Independent reported. A trapdoor to access the hiding spot still exists today.

The queen wears the Imperial State Crown when she delivers a speech at the state opening of Parliament, the Independent reported. It weighs nearly 3 pounds, and Queen Elizabeth II jokes that you can’t look down while wearing it or your neck might break.

The crown was made in 1937 and has 2,868 diamonds and hundreds of pearls as well as the two biggest gems, the Black Prince’s Ruby and St. Edward’s Sapphire, which were hidden during the war, The Independent reported.

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During World War II, the Crown Jewels were hidden in a cookie tin at Windsor Castle to protect them from the Nazis, and Queen Elizabeth II, who was a teenager at the time, didn’t know they were being kept there, a new BBC documentary reveals.
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