Queen Elizabeth II swaps out 3lb Imperial State Crown for lighter one

Reported by : India TV News Desk [ Updated: October 15, 2019 18:47 IST ]


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.

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