Today marks the Queen's Speech — the official opening of parliament where the Queen reads out the list of proposals the government hope they will be able to pass through parliament.
The ceremony is always full of typical British pomp. It begins with a horse-drawn procession from Buckingham Palace where Queen Elizabeth will wear her crown, diamond necklace and earrings, medallion and robes before the Black Rod strikes the door of the House of Lords three times.
However, this year, the level of prestige and royalty has been taken down a notch — and it's causing some speculation.
This year, the Queen will replace her crown with a hat while her gown will be substituted for a blue dress. She will also arrive in a car, rather than by horse-drawn carriage. According to the BBC, this is because she could not make the speech rehearsals due to scheduling issues — and therefore the whole event will be "stripped back" and "dressed down".
This is the first time the Queen has not worn her usual Queen's Speech regalia since 1974, which was, interestingly, when Prime Minister Harold Wilson found himself in a similar situation to the one Theresa May is in now.
That year, Mr. Wilson was also struggling to form a minority government following an election which resulted in a hung parliament (another general election ended up being called six months later). This year, the Queen's Speech has been delayed by two days because of May's disappointing snap election results.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told Good Housekeeping UK that the more laid-back approach to the Queen's Speech was announced in April shortly after the snap election was called.
"To allow Her Majesty to attend in support of the parliamentary and constitutional process, The Queen's program of engagements has been revised […] Owing to the revised calendar, the State Opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements," they said in a statement.
Very well, but the hat in question is an interesting choice. Her Majesty decided to wear a dusty blue number with a collection of yellow flowers on it. Obviously, people couldn't help but notice the striking similarity it bears to the European Union Flag.
Perhaps the Queen is trying to send a strong message about her opposition of Brexit through fashion? Or maybe it was just the only hat that matched her suit? The world may never know.
From Good Housekeeping UK.