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Old 12-03-2008, 11:13 AM
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:33 AM
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I was wondering what would happen if the Queen was "indisposed " and unable to attend the State Opening of Parliament. I recall reading somewhere that the Lord Chancellor deputised & read the Queen's speech on two occasions quite early on in her reign, but Charles would have only been a young boy then. Would he deputise now? I would think there must be a contigency plan.
I don't believe he would. When the Queen's back was bad in 2006, there were talks that she might not attend, and the reports said it would be a Commission opening if she didn't. Perhaps he could be a Lord Commissioner, though.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:40 AM
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Just saw the Queen deliver her speech, whch she did with usual aplomb. Just wondered if anybody knew who the two ladies in gowns standing behind her and the DoE were?
One was the Countess of Airlie.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:57 PM
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Every year when I see the old Duke of E. I am thinking , that wll be the last time..
But he is still doing well and the Queen with the ages never change..
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:01 PM
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One was the Countess of Airlie.
Thx. Do you know why she is present?
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:30 PM
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She's the Lady of the Bedchamber, one of the most senior ladies in waiting. I think she accompanies the Queen to lots of ceremonial occasions.
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When was the last time that Charles attended? It would seem that he should be at these events, as he will eventually become king.
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When was the last time that Charles attended? It would seem that he should be at these events, as he will eventually become king.
He hasn't been there, I believe, ever since the event was (ever so slightly) downsized during the early years of Tony Blair's government. That's also when the royal peers stopped attending (although that's also because they are no longer members of the House of Lords, which may very well be why Charles no longer attends, as he ceased to be a member of the house in 1999). The number of ladies in waiting was also cut down from three to two, and black rod starts from halfway down the corridor instead of starting from the Lords' chamber.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:58 PM
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When was the last time that Charles attended? It would seem that he should be at these events, as he will eventually become king.
C & C should be introduced as part of the procession just to get us used to the idea. What role did Princess Anne have this year? Was she in the procession?
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sorry for my ignorant, but why the Queen always wear white on the occasion of the SOP? Is it the same dress every year? She also always wear the same necklace isn't she?? Is there any special dress code to the event?
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sorry for my ignorant, but why the Queen always wear white on the occasion of the SOP? Is it the same dress every year? She also always wear the same necklace isn't she?? Is there any special dress code to the event?
I'm not really exactly sure banda_windsor, but it has always been a long time that for the Opening of Parliament, HM chooses white dress colour. Some years ago, back in 2004, she wore a gold dress though. I do not think it is the same dress for every year, but the one this year definitely not a new piece, it has been worn in Canada in 2005 i believe.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:48 AM
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It isn´t every year the same dress, but in 1998 and 2003 it was. And the neckless is a coronation peace. But I know it not exactly
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:55 AM
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sorry for my ignorant, but why the Queen always wear white on the occasion of the SOP? Is it the same dress every year? She also always wear the same necklace isn't she?? Is there any special dress code to the event?
Ever since her coronation the Queen has always worn her robes of state with a white gown (or predominantly white with gold embroidery etc). White is the symbol of purity and very fitting for her high office. It is also a "colour" that goes best with her crimson robes of state otherwise it would look to colourful. I think the Queen is a traditionalist and is a great upholder of continuity so that the familiarity of the ceremony remains the same. Sudden changes or differences from the previous year such as wearing a blue or red dress might deflect from the solemnity of the occassion and people would comment on what she is wearing rather than her speech. Don't forget, the Queen has no interest in fashion as such and isn't the type to say "right I want something even more flamboyant than last year so lets go for green and pink stripes!".
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:26 AM
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The jewels Her Majesty The Queen are wearing as follows:
The Queen wears Queen Mary's pendant earrings with Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee necklace, which has been worn regularly during State Openings.
On her head, she wore the George IV State Diadem during the Procession to and from the Houses of Parliament; and the Imperial State Crown during the actual Queen's Speech.
About the dress, this is certainly not a new dress, but Her Majesty The Queen uses white, grey or gold for the State Opening, because it matches majesticly with the Robe. Imagine a yellow dress with the scarlet robe... it would make not the spectacular view as we had it yesterday.
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She is, and always has been, a very astute woman. She realises the celebration of such 'State' events are all rooted in history, and she does her best to maintain the standard so that we are all able to appreciate the tradition and splendour of a history that goes back centuries and has survived!

That is why she can talk aout the current financial markets and their impact on those least able to manage whilst wearing the quintessential trappings of wealth and yet not be perceived as "out-of-touch".

Her appeal is both timeless and ageless. A Queen for all Seasons in fact!
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I do wish Charles would attend like he used too...
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The full regal splendour of the British monarchy was on display this week as the Queen presided over the State opening of Parliament in a spectacular ceremony dating back to 1536.

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