The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, is in hospital receiving treatment for an infection. He was admitted to the hospital just before the Parliament opening.
The Queen was joined by her eldest son, Prince Charles as she attended a ‘dressed down’ State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday morning. Her husband Prince Philip was due to accompany her.
Shortly after 11 o’clock, Queen Elizabeth was seen leaving Buckingham Palace with Prince Charles. Her Majesty opted for an elegant floral day dress and a matching hat. Also with shunning the traditional Robe of State and the glittering Imperial State Crown. She and Prince Charles also traveled to the Houses of Parliament.
QUEEN’S STRENGTH AND POWER.
Minutes before the Queen’s departure for the ceremony, two cars also left the palace. The first carried Queen Elizabeth’s crown. While the second transported her cap of maintenance and the sword of state. These are the symbols of her power and authority.
IN THE ONGOING CEREMONY.
During the ceremony, an event that dates back to the 17th century, Her Majesty read a speech written by government. That speech outlines their agenda for the coming parliamentary year. She began by addressing Brexit, saying that United Kingdom’s government’s priority is to secure the “best possible deal”. She also traditionally mentioned state visits.
TIMES WHEN QUEEN DID NOT OPENED PARLIAMENT.
The Queen has opened Parliament 64 times. On just two occasions during her reign was she unable to complete the task. First in 1959 and then in 1963 when she was pregnant. Following the State Opening, the monarch will attend Royal Ascot. She and Prince Philip attended the first day on Tuesday. It was just hours before Prince Philip was admitted to hospital.