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Old 05-18-2016, 01:47 PM
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It's pretty much the official court dress. Sometimes The Queen wear gold on this occasion.
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How did Vic keep that thing on the top of her head? Hairpins?
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:22 PM
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Liz looking spectacular!! Just crazy about her!!!!
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:36 PM
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How did Vic keep that thing on the top of her head? Hairpins?
I think it was reduced to fit her head.
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:57 PM
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The small crown has also been worn by Queen Alexandra. But if the Queen still feels up to wearing the state diadem and the crown, then she will continue to do so.
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:19 PM
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I agree, I think wearing the State Crown will be the last thing the Queen would want to change in the ceremony. She wears it for a relatively short period of time too, so the physical impact of wearing such a heavy thing on ones head might not be as bad as it looks!

Considering that she is 90 years old and in all these years it is only this year that a change regarding the stairs has been put in place - well, I think it's incredible!

I think there are a variety of subtle things that could be done to assist in her comfort for the ceremony, such as a box step by the carriage to make alighting easier, a shorter speech for her to read would be nice too!
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Ladies (Anne, late Princess of Wales, ladies in waiting) sitting/ standing on the dais, except the Queen who almost always wears white and rarely gold, always wear white. So it seems this is some sort of tradition.

Exception: Queens Alexandra and Mary wore black for court mourning at their husbands 1st state opening of parliament after the predecessing sovereign has died.
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The whole ceremony:
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I'm glad to see the Parliamentary cellars were thoroughly searched beforehand! It's very inspiring to think that this is the Queen's 63rd opening of Parliament. Such a rich blend of tradition, ritual and pageantry, wonderful! May the Queen have the strength to repeat this for many years to come. It's nice to hear that Jeremy Corbyn was looking a bit glum!
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:15 PM
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How did Vic keep that thing on the top of her head? Hairpins?

Yes, definitely hairpins had been used to keep crown and veil in place.

Another question concerning the pages: Ive noticed that only 3 of the 4 pages carried HMs train. One of them was ushered away after the Queen boarded the lift by a uniformed gentleman. After the speech, when the Queen and the DoEdinburgh said their farewells after leaving the robing room again, the young lad again stood in line together with the other pages!
Anybody knows what was wrong with him?
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Maybe he didn't feel well at the time. It was only a couple of years ago when the page passed out during the speech.


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Old 05-26-2016, 02:03 PM
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Maybe he didn't feel well at the time. It was only a couple of years ago when the page passed out during the speech.


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Yes, that was back in 2014, I think. But this was before the ceremony started.
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Yes, 2014 the Earl of Hopetoun's son fainted during the speech
Page boy who fainted in Queen's speech is Earl of Hopetoun's son Viscount Aithrie | Daily Mail Online

He may have been unwell, or perhaps uncertain of where to go. The queen taking the lift is certainly different protocol. All of the page boys were appointed last year so this should be their first parliament, may be nerves.
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Old 05-26-2016, 03:30 PM
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Yes, definitely hairpins had been used to keep crown and veil in place.

Another question concerning the pages: Ive noticed that only 3 of the 4 pages carried HMs train. One of them was ushered away after the Queen boarded the lift by a uniformed gentleman. After the speech, when the Queen and the DoEdinburgh said their farewells after leaving the robing room again, the young lad again stood in line together with the other pages!
Anybody knows what was wrong with him?

According to Sebastian Shakespeare the boy was simply unwell.

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Old 05-26-2016, 03:47 PM
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Yes, I doubt the queen wants to risk a replay of 2014. The page in question is Viscount Lindley's nephew by marriage. He is the future Earl of Harrington after his grandfather and father.
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