Her Majesty has been forced to revise her royal wardrobe...
Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May made the surprising decision to have a snap General Election on June 8, 2017. And the United Kingdom was left in a state of shock.
And it seems even Queen Elizabeth II has had to make rearrangements in the wake of the unanticipated announcement.
For the first time in 40 years, Her Majesty will perform a ‘dressed-down’ State Opening of Parliament.
According to The Telegraph, this means that the Queen will not wear her Imperial State Crown or robes for the annual ceremony due to her royal plans having to be revised in the wake of the election.
Instead, for only the second time in her 65-year reign, Her Majesty will don ‘day dress’ and a hat as opposed to her 2.5 lb crown.
The first time there was such a pared back ceremony was back in March 1974, after Labour leader Harold Wilson defeated Edward Heath in a snap election.
The Queen's husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will also be dressing down for the event, as he is expected to don a morning suit opposed to traditional uniform.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the State Opening of Parliament in 2016
But not only has the Queen had to sacrifice her royal wardrobe but her mode of transport. The couple will swap their prestigious gold carriage for a car due to the need for a reduced procession.
Buckingham Palace released the below statement following the surprising revelation:
‘To allow Her Majesty to attend in support of the parliamentary and constitutional process, The Queen’s programme of engagements has been revised. As a result, the annual service for the Order of the Garter, which had been due to take place on 19th June, has been cancelled. Knights of the Garter and others due to attend have been informed. Additionally, owing to the revised calendar, the State Opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements.’
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