After two weeks of political twist and turns, Queen Elizabeth II formally opened parliament, announcing another year of our centuries-old democratic institution. And everyone couldn’t help laughing.
But there was a good reason. You see, instead of wearing her normal crown ‘n’ cape regal getup, the Queen’s blue outfit couldn’t help remind viewers of another key European power…
Is that a … EUROPE HAT? pic.twitter.com/iqf2QrYAp8— Barbara Tasch (@BarbaraTasch) June 21, 2017
What happened to the actual crown? It arrived in its own car. Which, of course, Twitter made no jokes about.
She's got a car for her hat. The Queen is so Kanye #QueenSpeech— Richard Osman (@richardosman) June 21, 2017
On this special day let us divert our eyes from austerity to watch the queen's hat being driven along in its own private car.— Alec McQuay (@Ironwrites) June 21, 2017
But this wasn’t the only crowning glory of the afternoon. Labour MP Dennis Skinner delivered another classic heckle to Black Rod. This year he quipped: “Get your skates on. The first race is at half past two,” referencing the Royal Ascot races, an event the Queen is always keen to attend.
Also, viewers couldn’t help notice the frosty atmosphere between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on their walk to the House of Lords…
Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May walking out together like a couple who stayed together for the kids #QueensSpeech— Paul McDougall (@RealPaulMcD) June 21, 2017
— Poppy (@poppyingham) June 21, 2017
There was also the matter of President Donald Trump: there’s a good chance he’s not heading to the UK soon. Although the Queen spelled out plans for various state visits, the US president wasn’t mentioned.
— David Burns (@DavidJamesBurns) June 21, 2017
— David Orchard (@DavidOrchardUK) June 21, 2017
Please never change, Twitter.