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Queen attends Government cabinet meeting for first time

Queen attends Government cabinet meeting for first time

Justin Burns

Queen attends Government cabinet meeting for first time
The Queen in Windsor earlier this year

The Queen has attended her first central Government cabinet meeting of her 60-year reign in London today.

Her Majesty was led into 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister David Cameron and shook hands with top MPs before greeting Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

She was dressed in a royal blue suit with a diamond and sapphire brooch, and took a seat next to the Prime Minister.

She was given a present paid for by each Secretary of State to mark her diamond jubilee, which was believed to be a set of 60 placemats.

The head of state becomes the first monarch in more than a century to attend a cabinet meeting during peace-time since George III in 1781.

The Queen's father, King George VI, attended a war cabinet meeting during the Second World War.

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