The Queen has ditched pomp and pageantry for casual-wear to open parliament for the second time in 2019 today.
Her Majesty chose not to wear her full regalia and Imperial Crown for the State Opening of Parliament this morning.
Instead the 93-year-old monarch took to her throne in the House of Lords donning a turquoise day dress with a matching hat.
She also arrived at the Palace of Westminster in a Bentley instead, as she ditched the royal carriage in the toned-down ceremony.
The Queen was joined by son, and next King, Prince Charles at the annual ceremony who sported a formal suit and tie.
She laid out Boris Johnson’s legislative programme which involves his Tory government’s plans for the NHS, education, social care and Brexit.
It is reported 10 Downing Street had requested for this State Opening to be less grand-than-usual so not to alienate the Tories’ self-proclaimed new working-class voter base.
Although the UK Parliament website states the reason for the scaled back traditions is because of the “unique circumstances” of the election.
It explains: “Due to unique circumstances of the general election and the proximity to Christmas, the State Opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements.”
Despite the stripped back ceremony, Her Maj’s diamond-encrusted crown was still paraded through the chamber of the Lords to stamp the monarch's authority on Parliament.
It comes after the Queen shunned wearing the crown in 2017 for the first time in 40 years, during which she again wore a day dress because of the short speech warranted by Theresa May's snap general election.
At today’s State Opening the Queen spoke for nine minutes and 14 seconds - slightly shorter than the previous speech in October, which lasted nine minutes and 40 seconds.
It lasted 1,043 words, compared with 1,093 in October at the first State Opening this year.
Both were below the average length (1,096) of Queen's Speeches during Elizabeth II's 67-year reign.
The longest speech to date was in November 1999, when she had to deliver a speech lasting 1,751 words.
The text, which took more than 15 minutes to read out, was the third Queen's Speech of Tony Blair's Labour government. The shortest came exactly a decade later, in November 2009.
Totalling just 735 words, it took six-and-a-half minutes to deliver and was the third and final Queen's Speech of Gordon Brown's Labour government.
The longest Queen's Speeches have all been under Labour prime ministers, with Tony Blair's 1997-2001 government accounting for three of the top five.
Among the five shortest speeches is the first one ever delivered by Elizabeth II, which took place in November 1952 and was just 799 words long.
Today's speech was the 68th Queen's Speech of Elizabeth II's reign, and the 66th to be delivered by her in person.
In 1959 and 1963, the Queen did not attend the State Opening of Parliament, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.
On these occasions, the speech was read on her behalf by the Lord Chancellor.