The reason why Elizabeth II refused to wear the imperial crown in Parliament


The Queen of England replaced the valuable piece with a lighter one. In the past, the 93-year-old sovereign has already told how difficult it is to carry her

The Queen of England broke tradition on Monday at the opening of Parliament and declined to wear the imperial crown she has always worn on these occasions, one of the symbols of the British monarchy and the most important treasure jewel kept by the royal family. The valuable piece occupied a small table near her during the solemn act. The reason for this change? The weight of the crown in question.

This piece was specially made for the coronation of King George VI, in 1937, and weighs two kilos. A creation directly inspired by the crown worn by Queen Victoria in 1838. The imperial crown consists of 2,868 diamonds set in silver settings, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 269 pearls. It is not surprising, therefore, that the weight has discouraged to do without it at 93 years of age. In 76 years of reign, the queen had refused to wear the imperial crown only once, in 2017. That time she opted for a simple blue and yellow hat: two colors interpreted, at that time, as a nod to the flag of the European Union.

In January 2018, the queen in an interview with Alastair Bruce, conducted for a BBC documentary, explained how difficult it was to carry her. “Because if the head is lowered, the neck would break and the crown would fall,” he said. The Queen of England has also lowered her height in the past to make it more practical.

In place of this piece, Elizabeth II wore a diadem inherited from George VI, dated 1820, lighter and adorned with roses, clovers, 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls. Elizabeth II had already used it on the way to her coronation, in 1953, before being replaced by the imperial crown during her reign.

The queen in recent times has taken some precautions for her age. Last April, Isabel II gave up one of her favorite hobbies: driving. The decision was made by the queen, according to The Times, weeks after her husband Felipe de Edinburgh gave up his card after having suffered an accident while driving at the age of 97 and in which a passenger in the vehicle he collided with was injured. . In addition, the queen increasingly delegates her representation tasks, especially abroad, although she still has an active agenda.

The cut suffered in the sovereign’s agenda, together with the official retirement of Philip of Edinburgh, sparked speculation last year about his supposed plans to cede the role to the heir once he was 95, invoking the Regency Law. Palace sources were quick to deny such a hypothesis, recalling that for Elizabeth II “the first thing is the obligation to her country”, so she sets out to maintain that commitment as long as health permits. Another matter is that for reasons of age and due to a certain loss of energy, the monarch shares some of her real tasks with her eldest son and, increasingly, with her grandson Guillermo.

“I’m still alive,” the queen has joked on occasion. However, his forces are no longer the same as before. That is why he has begun to deliver, above all, the task of representing the crown abroad, a mission that now falls to Charles of England.

At Christmas 2016 there was a first gesture of change The queen renounced the honorary patronage of 25 British organizations to decrease her workload. Although Elizabeth II – the longest-lived United Kingdom has ever had – continues to hold the title of 600 other institutions, this movement has a clear meaning: the fact that it is no longer expected to carry out all the social commitments it has had during decades. The British royal house explained in a statement that many organizations already had members of the royal family as presidents or vice-presidents, “which ensures a smooth transition.”

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