Queen Elizabeth II will attend a U.K. Cabinet meeting tomorrow under the chairmanship of Prime Minister David Cameron, the first time a monarch has attended such a session since Victoria in the 19th century.
During the 90-minute meeting, Cameron’s ministerial team will present the queen with a gift paid for from their own contributions as part of yearlong celebrations of her Diamond Jubilee, the prime minister’s spokesman, Steve Field, told reporters in London today.
The queen is likely to sit beside Cameron and will be attending the weekly meeting as an observer, Field said. the monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, won’t attend. The meeting is due to start at 9:15 a.m. in Cameron’s Downing Street office.
As head of state, the queen, who’s 86, “has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, unable to vote or stand for election,” according to the monarchy’s website.
Britain staged four days of events in June to mark the queen’s 60 years as ruler. Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, is the only monarch to have spent longer on the throne.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the Bank of England last week and were shown the central bank’s gold reserves.