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The Queen wears the George IV diadem as she sits next to the Imperial State Crown which is placed on a cushion today

the Queen sits next to the Imperial State Crown while wearing the George IV diadem which is lighter and easier for her to wear.  it was carried in with pomp and circumstance.

.The Imperial State Crown is carried up the royal staircase to be put in place for the State Opening of Parliament today

she was accompanied by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

 

Queen Elizabeth II sits alongside Prince Charles before delivering the Queen's Speech at the House of Lords this morning

the Queen's arrivalThe Queen travels by carriage along The Mall ahead of the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster today

 

 

 

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London today

 

the chamber awaits the Queen's Speech

Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Charles on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords ahead the Queen's Speech today

 

a good look at the Diamond Jubilee State Coach in which the Queen and Prince Charles and Camilla arrived

 

The Queen rides with her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach on the Mall this morning

 

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Queen Elizabeth II rides with Britain's Prince Charles in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach on the Mall in London this morning

The Imperial State Crown is carried in to the State Opening of Parliament to sit next to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

a better look at the Queen's diadem and the Imperial State Crown

 

the ladies in the coach

 

Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach for the State Opening today

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a look at the cloak and regalia 

 

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the State Opening of Parliament, next to Prince Charles in Westminster today

the Gentlemen at Arms await 

 

Gentlemen At Arms prepare for the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London this morning

a closer look at the coach

 

Queen Elizabeth II travels in a carriage to Parliament for the official State Opening in Westminster this morning

 

the Queen!

 

Queen Elizabeth II rides in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach on the Mall in London this morning

 

the Imperial State Crown - which weighs more than 2 1/2 pounds

 

The Imperial State Crown is carried on a cushion at the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster this morning

 

the Yeomen of the Guard

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The Queen and Camilla .......

 

 

Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach for the State Opening today

 

The Imperial State Crown carried on a cushion ......

 

 

The Imperial State Crown is carried on a cushion at the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster this morning

 

 

The crown was carried into the Houses of Parliament today as a symbol of the Queen's authority, as it also was back in 2017

 

 

The Imperial State Crown is 12.4 in tall and weighs 2.3 pounds It has four fleurs-de-lis and four crosses pattée, supporting two arches topped by a monde and cross pattée. Its purple velvet cap is trimmed with ermine. The frame is made of gold, silver and platinum, and decorated with 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies.

 

 

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Lady Usher of the Black Rod  Sarah Clarke

 

Lady Usher of the Black Rod Sarah Clarke (right) prepares to take part in the State Opening of Parliament this morning

 

the state regalia are transported for the Queen by coach

 

The state regalia, The Sword of State, Imperial State Crown and the Cap of Maintenance, are transferred in the Queen Alexandra's State Coach from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening of Parliament today

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members of the House of Lords await Her Majesty's arrival -  on the phones!

 

Members of the House of Lords look at their mobile phones ahead of the State Opening of Parliament this morning

 

the Household Cavalry arrives

Members of the Household Cavalry arrive for the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster this morning

 

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the band of the Coldstream Guards outside Buckingham Palace

 

members of the House of Lords

 

Members of the House of Lords take their seats ahead of the State Opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II this morning

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Does she always wear white on this occasion?

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I laughed when I saw this picture earlier. Nobody can put their phones down these days.

 

 

Members of the House of Lords look at their mobile phones ahead of the State Opening of Parliament this morning

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the Imperial State Crown symbolizes the monarch's authority.  it contains

2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires and 17 emeralds.