(LONDON) — For the first time in at least 100 years, a sitting monarch Tuesday attended a cabinet meeting in the U.K.
Greeted by Prime Minister David Cameron, Queen Elizabeth II attended the 90-minute session, where cabinet members presented her with a gift to celebrate her diamond jubilee, CNN reports.
The queen’s political involvement is normally limited to formal or ceremonial events. According to the British Monarchy’s website, the queen “has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, unable to vote or stand for election.”
The queen spoke only twice at the meeting — she wished everyone a merry Christmas and asked that her speech to parliament, which is written by cabinet members, be shorter.
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