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In March 1974, Parliament was opened by the Sovereign with less than the customary pageantry. The Queen ended a foreign tour at short notice to open Parliament. The above image is of ticket for the South East Gallery.
Ladies were asked to wear day dresses and hats, whilst men were asked to wear morning dress, in place of the typical ceremonial robes. The Queen herself wore a purple dress and hat and arrived in a car, rather than the Irish State Coach.
This wasn't the first time that the ceremony was dressed down, between 1917 and 1919 and 1939 and 1949, Parliament was opened by the Sovereign with less than the customary pageantry.
During State Opening, the monarch formally opens Parliament and delivers an outline of the Government's proposed policies for the coming session.