QUEEN WEARS LIGHTER CROWN
Queen Elizabeth II broke from tradition when she opened Parliament Monday (14 OCT. 2019).
The Queen chose to wear a lighter weight crown instead of her usual 3-lb Imperial State Crown.
The State Crown, which is usually worn to coronations and state openings of Parliament, was still present Monday, seated on a red velvet cushion to the right of the Queen's throne.
Atop her head, the Queen wore a much lighter George IV State Diadem. She's only previously worn it to a State Opening of Parliament before she was crowned in 1952.