Queen Elizabeth II attends her first Cabinet meeting

Queen Elizabeth II attends her first Cabinet meeting

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Queen Elizabeth II poses with British Prime Minister David Cameron and cabinet ministers in The Pillared Room at Number 10 Downing Street to attend the Government's weekly Cabinet meeting on December 18, 2012 in London, England. The Queen's visit to the weekly Cabinet meeting as an observer is the first time a monarch has attended the meeting since Queen Victoria's reign. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

(AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II sat in on a Cabinet meeting Tuesday for the first time, taking a seat between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to observe the weekly discussion of government business.

Her visit is believed to be the first time a sitting monarch has attended a Cabinet meeting in at least 100 years.

Cabinet members presented her with a gift of 60 placemats in honor of her Diamond Jubilee.

The government said the queen attended Tuesday's meeting as an observer - not as a contributor - in honor of her 60 years on the throne. But her visit has raised some eyebrows for appearing to blur the traditional line between government and monarchy.

As head of state, the queen performs some ceremonial and formal duties related to government but must remain neutral on political matters.

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