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Old 05-09-2012, 12:23 PM
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Lovely to see Lord Linley's son and Lady Sarah Chatto's son serving as paiges to the Queen.
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Slideshow of pictures from the State Opening of Parliament.

Pictures - Queen Elizabeth at the 2012 State Opening of Parliament - National British Royal Family | Examiner.com
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Queen's Speech 2012: Her Majesty Opens State Parliament In Variety Of Blinged-Out Crowns (PHOTOS)
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It might just have been me, but today's speech seemed to be incredibly short. Maybe that's deliberate on the government's part, given HM's age and the weight of the crown etc.

The Australian State Coach is a real beauty. The little gold cherubs on the roof are stunning.
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Why does the Princess Royal wear a uniform on an occasion like this? Does she usually wear the uniform at the State Opening of Parliament?
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:42 PM
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It might just have been me, but today's speech seemed to be incredibly short. Maybe that's deliberate on the government's part, given HM's age and the weight of the crown etc.

The Australian State Coach is a real beauty. The little gold cherubs on the roof are stunning.
There were a lot of comments to do with the only 19 bills speech read today. I doubt it has much to do with HM more with them not trying to offend anyway.

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Why does the Princess Royal wear a uniform on an occasion like this? Does she usually wear the uniform at the State Opening of Parliament?
Anne usually wears a uniform for royal events like this.
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Why does the Princess Royal wear a uniform on an occasion like this? Does she usually wear the uniform at the State Opening of Parliament?
Strictly speaking she was not there in her capacity as Princess Royal but in a military role (Colonel of The Blues & Royals) and Gold Stick in Waiting.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:54 PM
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It might just have been me, but today's speech seemed to be incredibly short.
Time-wise, it was only 20 seconds shorter than the speech in 2010. 2009's was over a minute shorter than today's, although the session of Parliament was only expected to last five months. In 1958, it was about a minute and 40 seconds longer than today, but part of it was an acknowledgement that it was the first to be read on television.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:58 PM
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So lovely to see Charles and Arthur there as Pages, it is lovely that the Queen includes her niece's and nephew's family in her roles at Queen. Great images of Prince Philip too, that man makes me so cheerful! I would honestly love him as a grandfather! I reckon he would be endless fun.
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I was sooo hoping that was the picture you had here. I thought that was such a lovely picture of the Queen - you could see the eyes and head tilt of a young girl in her wistful smile. just poetry.
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Her Majesty looked fabulous, as usual. This occasion has been my favorite to watch ever since I started following 'Prime Minister's Questions' (though now I don't watch that program anymore).

My most sincere apologies for the bombardment, but I thought I'd post a link to C-SPAN's video of the State Opening of Parliament in its' entirety.
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Philip maintained a terrific, garden tortoise grimace as he listened | Mail Online

Was that weariness in the Monarch’s gait as, steered by Prince Philip, she left the House of Lords? Normally she looks the perkier of the two but yesterday she seemed more pale, more fragile, than her consort.
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It might just have been me, but today's speech seemed to be incredibly short. Maybe that's deliberate on the government's part, given HM's age and the weight of the crown etc.
I somehow doubt that the government would adjust its legislative programme to take account of the wieght of the crown on HMs head, or her age. Don't you?
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I somehow doubt that the government would adjust its legislative programme to take account of the wieght of the crown on HMs head, or her age. Don't you?
They don't put every single proposed bill in the Queen's Speech. This government has been having such a bad time lately that I thought they'd use the speech as an opportunity to relaunch their programme, but it just seemed almost like they couldn't be bothered.
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The State Opening of Parliament and the Proposed Reform of the Royal Succession.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has also proposed changes to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772

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I'm still utterly disgusted by the Lords Reform act. I find it almost undignifying for Her Majesty to announce proposals of effectively removing her power to choose 80% of HER Lords. They should be chosen by Her and the Lords Appointment Commision (which has her Royal Assent) alone.
Also the Gentlemen Usher of the Great Sword of State, an Air Chief Marshall, was a bit dodgy on his feet. He was appauling at keeping in step when he exited the carriage but I think he has a walking problem. ACM Sir Jock Stirrup did a much better job when he took over control midway through the ceremony. One day I'll see a competent officer marching, one day.
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