Kate Middleton is a modern royal, most recently making an appearance last night at a black tie gala with a sky-high and surprisingly sexy slit in her dress. But today in full regalia, Queen Elizabeth II took royal watchers back in time during the state opening of parliament. Each year the queen marks the start of a new parliamentary session in the UK dressed in a regal fur coat and an imposing crown, technically called the State Diadem. In fact the crown, which has 1333 diamonds, rides to parliament in its own carriage, with the Cap of Maintenance and Sword of State. With all the trappings, Queen Elizabeth laid out the reforms coming up this year. After listing economic and other legislative priorities, the queen referenced plans that would allow the potential first-born daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton to rule as queen one day. She said, "My government will continue to work with the 15 other Commonwealth realms to take forward reform of the rules governing succession to the crown." See photos of the event.
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