British Royal Family

Lavender's the word: The Queen departs from tradition with a unique outfit choice at the State Opening of Parliament

The appearance comes weeks after the passing of Prince Philip.

By Chanelle Mansour
The Queen has attended her first public engagement since the death of her husband Prince Philip, to attend the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster.
Her Majesty was accompanied by her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The Queen wore a lavender dress instead of the usual robes and crown, and sat alone on a throne in the House of Lords.
She then delivered a speech that was written for her by the government, which set out Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans for the year ahead.
The Queen sat alone as she delivered the speech. (Buckingham Palace)
"My government's priority is to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before," she said in a speech.
"To achieve this, my government will level up opportunities across all parts of the United Kingdom, supporting jobs, businesses and economic growth and addressing the impact of the pandemic on public services," she continued.
The Queen sat alone as she delivered the speech, with the consort's throne removed from the State Opening of Parliament ceremony.
Her Majesty was accompanied by Charles and Camilla. (Getty)
Charles has previously sat on the consort's throne when accompanying the Queen, but during this ceremony, he sat with Camilla on chairs of state - placed to the side.
This was the 67th occasion on which The Queen has opened Parliament, and she, along with Charles and Camilla, travelled from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in cars, rather than carriages.
Social distancing protocols were in place, although The Queen was the only participant who did not wear a face mask.
The monarch has been taking part in virtual events since the two-week period of mourning ended. (Getty)
The monarch has been taking part in virtual events since the two-week period of mourning ended, but this was her first official public appearance since the her husband's death on April 9.
The Queen took part in a video call with the Royal Life Saving Society, where she was dressed in a lilac ensemble adorned with matching pearl necklace and earrings.
Her Majesty also virtually presented the King Edward VII Cup to Stephen Beerman during the call in recognition of outstanding contributions to drowning prevention.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, New Idea.