The Queen practices wearing the crown by balancing a bag of flour on her head

The Queen wearing her crown is an incredibly rare sight and is usually reserved for state occasions.

But perhaps an even rarer sight would be the nation's beloved monarch wandering around with a heavy bag of flour on her head – which apparently can happen in the Palace.

The Queen uses two crowns, the famous St Edward’s Crown, which the Queen only wore at her coronation and the Imperial State Crown, which is brought out each year for the State Opening of Parliament.

Both of the crowns are almost always on public display in the Jewel House of the Tower of London but the Imperial State Crown is brought to the Queen on a few occasions each year so she can practice wearing it for the State Opening of Parliament.

It is known that she likes to practice walking with the heavy crown on before she appears before the cameras – but a lesser-known fact is that the crowns can't always be brought to the Queen whenever she pleases.

So when it's not available, the Queen reportedly practices for the ceremony with a bag of flour of the same weight on her head, My London reports.

When speaking to Alistair Bruce in the BBC documentary ‘The Coronation’, the Queen spoke candidly about the crown.

Describing the crown as "unwieldy", the Queen said: "You can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up.

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"Because if you did, your neck would break – it would fall off," she laughed.

“So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re quite important things.”

Later in the documentary, Mr Bruce says: “It’s difficult to always remember that diamonds are stones and so they’re very heavy."

The Queen agreed: “Yes, fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head. But once you put it on it stays. I mean it just remains on.”

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Royal fans were delighted at how jovial and excitable the Queen was during her appearance.

After the crown is delicately placed down by a gloved footman, Mr Bruce asks if it can be brought closer to the Queen, to which the monarch drags the delicate artefact closer to her and starts moving it around quickly.

She exclaims: “This is what I do when I wear it!”

Before adding: “Can I look at this end, I like the Black Prince’s Ruby!”

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