The official reason that the Queen is not wearing the crown for the Queen's Speech in Parliament on 21 June 2017 is that it was too soon after the Trooping the Colour parade to organise a formal procession in full costumes. However there might be something else going on. One thing is that the speech is being downplayed because the Government doesn't have a majority and can't implement many of its manifesto commitments. Another possible reason was raised by TV producer Daniel Brittain who has been involved in covering state occasions, wh said the physical stress of wearing the crown might have been an issue. It weights more than 1kg and the Queen is 91. "Just imagine walking round with a bag of flour on your head," he told the BBC's Today programme. The crown will be carried before the Queen, as it was for Queen Victoria.
What made the BBC News at Ten crash?
Just before the BBC News at Ten went on air on 20 June, the computer systems crashed meaning the headlines could not run as planned. It took four minutes for the programme to start properly and even then it used "breaking news" graphics rather than their usual ones. Programme editor Paul Royall tweeted afterwards: "FYI technical system crash seconds before 10. Director had to switch to a back-up system ASAP. @huwbbc doing great job #BBCNewsTen"
Why is the former Labour leader sitting in for Jeremy Vine?
It's all about maintaining a media profile. He will be followed as guest host of Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show by Iain Duncan Smith. A BBC spokesman sad: "Both Ed and Iain have held crucial roles in political life, and will bring unique perspectives and insight to the programme."
Why is three-times Oscar winner actor Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?
He's not saying, though he is 60. In a statement his publicist said: "Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."
What is the current thinking about when interest rates in the UK will go up?
Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, said on 20 June 2017 that now was not the right time for interest rates to start going up from their historic low levels. This means they probably won't rise in the next few months. He said: "From my perspective, given the mixed signals on consumer spending and business investment, and given the still subdued domestic inflationary pressures, in particular anaemic wage growth, now is not yet the time to begin [interest rate increases]... In the coming months, I would like to see the extent to which weaker consumption growth is offset by other components of demand, whether wages begin to firm, and more generally, how the economy reacts to the prospect of tighter financial conditions and the reality of Brexit negotiations."
What kind of Brexit, hard or soft, does the chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond want?
Philip Hammond says Brexit should put "jobs and prosperity first, that reassures employers that they will still be able to access the talent they need, that keeps our market for goods, services and capital open, achieves early agreement on transitional arrangements so trade can carry on flowing smoothly". He also said border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be as "frictionless as possible".
This is a contrast to those who say the priority for Brexit should be about controlling immigration and withdrawing from any kind of jurisdiction for the European Court of Justice.