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Queen To 'Dress Down' For State Opening of Parliament
Queen wearing hat instead of crown for first time in 43 years (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 216)
Apr 28, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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The Queen has agreed to undertake a dressed-down State Opening of Parliament for the first time in more than 40 years, as ceremonial plans suffer major disruption because of the snap election. The Queen will not wear her Imperial State Crown or robes for this year's State Opening, with the annual service of the Order of the Garter also cancelled for the first time since 1984.

The changes have been agreed between Buckingham Palace, the government and the parliamentary authorities. The unusual alterations to the Royal schedule, announced by Buckingham Palace today, will see the State Opening of Parliament take place on June 19, with the Order of the Garter service previously in the diary for the same day now cancelled.

For only the second time in her reign, the Queen will wear "day dress" and a hat for the ceremony and deliver the Queen's Speech outlining the government's plans for the year ahead, abandoning the traditional Robes of State. She will travel by car rather than by carriage. Her heavy crown -
weighing two and a half pounds and containing 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires and 17 emeralds - will be carried into the House of Parliament, along with the ceremonial Great Sword of State and Cap of Maintenance, as a symbol of her authority.

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giving up completely (a course of action, a practice, or a way of thinking)


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told everyone


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people or group in charge


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officially not allow


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a special time to celebrate and event


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disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process


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before


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