In a surprise announcement, Queen Elizabeth has decided to scrap her massive 3 lb Imperial Crown and robe for the State Opening of Parliament this June 19th. This will mark the first time in 43 years that the queen has not rolled in her royal garments to the elaborate ceremony!
Why the fashion U-turn? The Trooping the Color ceremony, which marks the celebration of the queen’s birthday will take place 2 days earlier. It was deemed that the royal troops and horses would be out-of-steam given the jam-packed schedule.
Instead, the queen will rock her ‘day dress’, one of her usual brightly colored dresses and spiffy hats!
Due to the recently called election in the U.K., the Order of the Garter parade, which sees the Queen lead plumed knights will also be cancelled.
And the Queen will roll by car instead of horse and carriage, with her crown and jewels carried by the officers of state.
The pomp and circumstance of the State Opening usually brings out the entire city of London in celebration. But this year, things might be a little less snazzy.
As mentioned previously, the Imperial Crown weighs 3 pounds and comes complete with a 317-carat diamond! Maybe it’s just a little too heavy to keep wearing? Can you imagine slugging around an extra three pounds on your head all day?
Although the Queen will not outfit her formal wear this time, there will be plenty more opportunities to flaunt her bling in the future ceremonies. The Queen will most definitely flaunt the Imperial Crown again if Harry ever gets married.
Queen Elizabeth was crowned as Queen in 1953, after her father’s, King George IV’s, death. What makes people so surprised about the recent announcement, is that the Queen usually demands everyone to wear their formal attire, even for relatively unimportant occasions.
Is this sudden change of heart due to a more relaxed and casual attitude around the English monarchy? Or is the Queen making a subtle statement about Brexit and the political turmoil her country has seen over the last year?
It’s not entirely sure. But one thing is for certain, while she might be going the more casual, relaxed route, don’t expect anyone else in the royal family to follow suit. They will undoubtedly be required to wear their traditional, formal attire.