Queen Elizabeth II’s health deteriorated dramatically before her death, including when she could no longer wear the Imperial State Crown.
Queen Elizabeth II’s health was dogged by rumors in the months leading up to her death. While some of these claims were proven, Her Majesty’s health was deteriorating.
According to Radar Online, the Queen was feeling “too weak” and couldn’t wear her heavy crown during royal engagements. For example, in 2019, she delivered her State Opening of Parliament while wearing only a tiara rather than the usual Imperial State Crown.
The crown is said to weigh more than three pounds, making it difficult for the Queen to carry it as she used to. There are 2,868 diamonds, 269 pearls, 11 emeralds, and 17 sapphires.
As a result, royal fans began to wonder why she did not wear the Imperial State Crown, despite its significance in the event.
A source stated at that time:
“It was a shock to say the least. The State Opening of Parliament is a sacred ceremony and wearing the crown is part of it. People were whispering under their breath.”
While her recent blue hands sparked cancer speculation, Queen Elizabeth II was already talking about the dreaded disease at the time.
Failure to wear the crown became a huge sign to fans that she did not have much longer to live.
The rumors resurfaced when Queen Elizabeth II did not wear the crown and the ceremonial robes during the 2021 State Opening of Parliament.
When Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin left Buckingham Palace, royal fans saw the crown on top of the casket for the second time. During the procession, it guided everyone as royal family members and staff accompanied her to Westminster Hall.
The Imperial State Crown was created for Queen Victoria during her coronation in 1838, according to the website of the Historical Royal Palace. It was remade when King Edward II ascended to the throne in 1937.
According to royal biographer Robert Lacey, her Majesty found St. Edward’s crown too heavy. The crown in question was made for Charles II’s coronation in 1661.
After a brief period of wearing it, the Queen switched to the Imperial State Crown.