• Pomp and ceremony as the the Queen presides over the state opening of Parliament

    Amid the traditional pomp and ceremony of the state opening of Parliament, there was a particularly tender moment. As the Queen, who in her role as Head of State had presided over the event, made her exit, Prince Philip held her hand and diligently helped his wife down the stairs. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY The Queen, 89, was supported by her husband Prince Philip, 93 Looking every inch the nation's monarch, the Queen had donned an embroidered cream gown and matching velvet shawl, along with a pair of white gloves, a jewel necklace and earrings and silver handbag. This year