Just Wednesday I included the Order of the Garter ceremony on Kate’s schedule as an unconfirmed event. Well, the Order of the Garter ceremony has been confirmed… as canceled. Due to the General Election, the State Opening of Parliament has been moved to June 19, which has caused the Order of the Garter ceremony to be canceled.
The palace’s statement:
“As announced by the government, the State Opening of Parliament will take place on Monday 19th June following the General Election.
“To allow Her Majesty to attend in support of the parliamentary and constitutional process, the Queen’s programme 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 cancelled. 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.
“Consequently, there will not be a carriage procession, the military presence at the Palace of Westminster will be minimal and the Queen will wear day dress rather than an evening gown and robes. The Imperial State Crown will be carried ahead of Her Majesty.”
Officials insist the temporary changes have nothing to do with the Queen’s age and that the normal ceremonial service will resume next year. This type of “dressed down” opening of Parliament happened just once before, in 1974 after a snap election that year.
So no tiaras. Boo. Charles and Camilla will also not be attending this year, although they will most likely resume attendance in 2018. At least we get double the tiaras at the State Visit in July because it’s a monarch to monarch visit.