The Queen has returned to London for a very important reason

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The royals have to be the most talked-about family in the world, with the Mountbatten-Windsors making news for everything from Kate Middleton's new Hold Still photography book and Princess Charlotte's birthday portraits to the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have become YouTubers.

The Queen is understandably more talked-about than most of her relatives, with the monarch famed for her sharp wit, sweet bonds with family members and her Queen-worthy perks (from having someone to wear in her shoes to banning this food from her kitchen).

Her Majesty has been keeping a low profile following the tragic death of her husband Prince Philip, with reports that the monarch will now reside in Windsor Castle full time.

This week, Queen Elizabeth made headlines as she returned to London for a very important reason - to open a new session of parliament.

'Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, opened a new session of Parliament this morning,' read an Instagram post on the Royal Family account. 'Steeped in tradition, the State Opening brings together all three parts of Parliament: the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Monarch.

'The Speech is not drafted by The Queen, but by the Government, outlining policies and proposed future legislation.

'This was the 67th occasion on which The Queen has opened Parliament.'

It is thought that the Queen returned to Windsor after the appearance.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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