The weight of the crown is always spoken of figuratively to refer to the grave responsibilities that monarchs carry. But not today, today has been literal.
On a day as marked for the British as the opening of Parliament, the weight of the crown has prompted Queen Elizabeth to replace her magnificent two-pound Imperial State Crown with something a little less impressive: a 1,337-diamond tiara and 169 pearls commissioned by George IV in the early 19th century.
On this occasion, the fabulous imperial crown to which we had become accustomed this important day, rested near her but not on her head.
It is commented that perhaps this will become usual from now on to alleviate the discomfort of his majesty, that although it may seem incombustible, we are getting older: 76 years of reign … Can you imagine?
In addition to the small delay with which the queen arrived, famous for her punctuality, the absence of the imperial crown on her head took all the headlines today.
This impressive piece, invaluable for its historical value, was a creation for Queen Victoria's coronation in 1838. It contains the four largest polished diamonds in the world, plus 200 pearls, 17 sapphires, 5 rubies, and 11 emeralds.
This authentic treasure, the most valuable jewel in the world, they say, is always surrounded by the highest security measures
Queen Elizabeth arrived accompanied by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
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