Queen Elizabeth Set to Break Royal Tradition for the First Time in Almost 50 Years

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Casual Fridays at Buckingham Palace? Normally, Queen Elizabeth is a stickler for rules -- especially rules pertaining to dress codes -- but for the upcoming State Opening of Parliament, the queen has called to make it a dressed-down affair. *Pearl clutch*

As a response to British prime minister Theresa May's call for a snap general election on June 8, officials have shifted the date for the State Opening of Parliament -- an event where Queen E usually dons her royal robe and massive Imperial State Crown. In layman's terms, his will be the first time in 43 years she's not dressed to the nines. 

Buckingham Palace released a statement, saying:

To allow Her Majesty to attend in support of the parliamentary and constitutional process, The Queen's [program] of engagements has been revised. As a result, the annual service for the Order of the Garter, which had been due to take place on 19th June, has been canceled. Knights of the Garter and others due to attend have been informed. Additionally, owing to the revised calendar, the State Opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements.

Reduced ceremonial events = no crown and no robe. #RoyalProblems

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When the queen calls for less pomp and circumstance, you know there's a good reason. That said, regardless of what she and the rest of her family are wearing, they'll look just as royal as ever. 

And she can take solace in the fact that there will be plenty of other opportunities this year to rock a crown. #Blessed

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