All those that attended the scaled again state opening of parliament needed to have a unfavorable Covid check earlier than hand, and there have been no horse-drawn carriages this yr.
Within the royal gallery, normally stuffed with folks, there have been simply 34 seated friends – 17 friends and 17 MPs, socially-distanced and carrying masks.
The Queen, in her first engagement exterior of Windsor Citadel for the reason that loss of life of the Duke of Edinburgh, wore day costume as an alternative of the state robes for the event.She has beforehand worn day costume.
Within the Home of Lords she sat on a single ornate golden throne , the place beforehand there have been a pair of thrones, one every for the Queen and her consort. The consort’s throne, which was first put in in 1901 for Queen Alexandra, is within the care of the Lord Nice Chamberlain for secure protecting.
Prince Charles has beforehand sat on the consort’s throne when accompanying the monarch, however throughout this Covid-secure ceremony, he sat with the Duchess of Cornwall to the facet on chairs of state.
The Queen, who didn’t put on a masks, has not worn the heavy Imperial State Crown since 2016. As a substitute, as within the years since, it was transported to the Palace of Westminster by automobile and positioned on a desk.
The speech itself was contained in a cream booklet, and would usually be handed to the sovereign by the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland. This time, it had been positioned on a desk draped in an embroidered crimson and gold velvet masking subsequent to the throne.
At eight minutes and 52 seconds, it was barely shorter than the speech on the earlier State Opening in 2019, which ran for 9 minutes and 14 seconds. It lasted 937 phrases, making it the shortest speech since 2016, and beneath the common size (1,095 phrases) of Queen’s speeches through the Queen’s 69-year-reign.