May 3rd, 2017 | Updated on February 14th, 2020
Having sat through 13 Prime Ministers (not including ones from the commonwealth), it looks like the Queen is getting a bit bored of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the reopening of Parliament.
Normally, Queen Elizabeth is a stickler for rules — especially rules pertaining to dress codes — but for the upcoming State Opening of Parliament, the queen has called to make it a dressed down affair.
For the first time in more than 40 years, Queen Elizabeth II will “dress-down” for the new UK Parliament opening following the snap elections on June 8. On June 19th the Order of the Garter service has been cancelled in the place of the State Opening of Parliament.
Only 11 days after the election, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will head to the Chamber of the House of Lords in a town car opposed to a carriage.
March 1974 — the last time a “dressed down” Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament pic.twitter.com/Mbh0LQUC4z
— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) April 27, 2017
He will be donned in a morning coat, instead of the traditional naval uniform, whilst she will eschew her crown and Robes of State for day dress and a hat. The last time they were so casual was in 1974 when Harold Wilson was elected a second time after a snap election.
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