The Queen broke from tradition by not wearing a crown and ceremonial dress at the State Opening of Parliament

Published May 11 2021 at 11:06 AM GMT
  • Queen Elizabeth II broke from tradition by not wearing the Imperial State Crown or ceremonial robes at the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday.
  • Her Majesty wore a lilac hat and matching coat instead of traditional dress, in line with the government's decision to reduce ceremonial elements of the event due to the coronavirus pandemic, outlined on the UK Parliament's website.' The State Opening of Parliament held at the House of Lords marks the formal start of the parliamentary year, where the monarch delivers a speech outlining the government's future plans.
  • The crown still made an appearance, however, as it was taken to the event separately and placed on a table in the House of Lords as the Queen gave her speech.
  • The Imperial State Crown gets its own lift to the Houses of Parliament in one of the Royal cars.
  • It is taken to Westminster for symbolic reasons - the Queen will not wear it today "' pic twitter com/tK0UpvZOi5 ' Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) May 11, 2021 This marks the monarch's first engagement outside Windsor Castle since her husband Prince Philip died on April 9, Daily Mail royal editor Rebecca English reports.



  • Published May 11, 2021 11:06 AM GMT