For the first time in 43 years, today the Queen isn’t wearing her crown for the speech from the throne.
I know what you’re thinking: it’s this heat, isn’t it? Massive robes and a big heavy crown? No, thanks.
But no, the real reason is all to do with the fact the UK had a snap election this year.
Since Prime Minister Theresa May announced we’d be heading to the election booths this year, that meant the State Opening of Parliament was moved to just a few days after the Trooping of the Colour, the official ceremony for the Queen’s birthday.
Because both of these events take up a massive amount of organisation and preparation, there wasn’t enough time for proper rehearsals for both, the Mirror reports.
So, it was decided today’s Queen’s Speech would be a little more laid-back than usual.
For the first time since 1974, the Queen is permitted to wear ‘day dress and a hat’ rather than her official robes and crown, and she made her way to the ceremony in a car, rather than a horse-drawn carriage.
I mean, when I say laid-back, it’s still pretty fancy:
The crown will still be making an appearance, but it will be carried by an officer of the state.
Prince Philip won’t be at the State Opening today, after he was taken to hospital last night with an infection. He’s reported to be ‘in good spirits’ but disappointed to be missing the speech.
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