Elizabeth II comes to Opening of Parliament in tiara breaking traditions
The queen’s decision may give rise to rumors that the crown weighing 2.5 pounds (more than 1.13 kg) might be too heavy for the 93-year-old monarch.
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II put on a tiara instead of the Imperial Crown at the opening ceremony of the parliament, breaking the tradition, reported the Daily Mail on October 14.
Elizabeth II was in full regalia but without the crown. Instead, the George IV diadem, which dates back to 1821, was on the head of the monarch. The royal attribute was laid on the table next to her.
The queen’s decision may give rise to rumors that the crown weighing 2.5 pounds (more than 1.13 kg) might be too heavy for the 93-year-old monarch. At the opening ceremony of the parliament, Elizabeth II was accompanied by her son Prince Charles, his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and her husband, Prince Philip, who vanished from public view in August 2017.
The queen ditched her crown at the opening of the parliament in 2017, too, for the first time since 1974. In connection with the early elections, the event was simplified, with Elizabeth II dressed in a regular suit and wearing a hat instead of the Imperial Crown.
This year, as the monarch spoke during the ceremony, she said United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union before October 31 was the government’s priority.