Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the State Opening of Parliament in London today. The Queen arrived wearing the George IV Diadem (as she does each year). The royal world was abuzz yesterday when Buckingham Palace announced the Queen will be scaling back her duties (she’s sending Prince Charles in her place to the Commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka later this year, the first time she’s missed one of these meetings in 40 years) but she looked as spry and as regal as ever today. The George IV Diadem always looks so wonderful on her.
For the ceremony, the Queen wore the Imperial State Crown. I think it’s still the best piece of royal headgear in existence. Period.
The big news was that this was Camilla’s first time attending the State Opening of Parliament. She looked beautiful in what is becoming her ‘standard’ tiara, the Greville tiara (sometimes known as the Boucheron Honeycomb tiara. You can read an excellent history of this tiara here). Camilla’s hair gets a lot of criticism but it’s great hair for a tiara or a hat. I thought she looked very royal as well.