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Queen Elizabeth Opens Parliament With Several Poignant Changes

The consort's throne no longer sat symbolically beside the queen.

5/11/2021 4:23:00 PM

A symbolic and historic event with Queen Elizabeth looked very different this year.

The consort's throne no longer sat symbolically beside the queen.

By6:16 AM PDT, May 11, 2021CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesA symbolic and historic event looked very different this year.Queen Elizabeth IIopened British Parliament on Tuesday, but there wasn't the traditional pomp and circumstance. The 95-year-old reigning monarch opted to scale down the event this year, traveling to the Houses of Parliament in a car rather than a carriage. She also chose not to wear a crown or an elegant gown for the occasion. Instead, the queen donned a lovely floral dress with a matching lilac coat embroidered with yellow flowers at the collar and a matching hat. 

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There was also no military band or Guard of Honor to participate in the procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesIn perhaps the most poignant change, the consort's throne, previously inhabited by

Prince Philipwas removed, leaving the sovereign's throne to stand solo. Philip accompanied Elizabeth to the event for decades until his retirement from official duties in 2017. The BBC aired a touching tribute to Philip's appearances alongside his wife for the occasion. The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 last month. This ceremony marked the queen's first outing since his intimate funeral service at Windsor Castle.

The Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, enters the House of Lords chamber and takes her seat at the throne. Read more: Entertainment Tonight »

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