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Old 05-17-2016, 03:07 PM
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State Opening of Parliament 2002-2015

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Old 05-17-2016, 07:07 PM
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Bbc programming for the Queens Speech is commencing
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:03 AM
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Just watching on BBC1,its a rather wet morning in London today for The State Opening of Parliament.
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:19 AM
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The Queen will be using a lift rather than the usual stairs to get to the Robing Room. Not entirely surprising.
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:22 AM
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Bit of a change of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh using the elevator now rather than the stairs upon arrival at the Palace of Westminster. Due to age and comfort.
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Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Opening of Parliament

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Old 05-18-2016, 07:28 AM
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As predicted-
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:34 AM
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:13 AM
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I applaud The Queen for still having so much strength and perseverance at her advanced age (it is also lovely to see her supported by the Duke of Edinburgh). If she wishes to use the lift, then that is perfectly understandable.

I wonder how it must feel to hold a speech written by others that you have not got much to say in the contents of that speech. Of course this is as it has been for a long time. Does The Queen have access to the speech beforehand or is it only handed to her at the State Opening?

Part of me wishes there was something more to this ceremony. A lunch perhaps. In a way it is good that work will begin immediately but it just seems a bit wasteful to have The Queen drive in a carriage with all the regalia to the Parliament, read a speech and hurry back. That's it.
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Glad to notice that the TV coverage this year did not show HMQ alighting from the Coach, and that she no longer uses the Staircase, but takes the Lift instead. Very sensible considering her advanced age now.
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The Queen gives her annual address to Parliament as she outlines the Government's agenda for the year ahead.

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Old 05-18-2016, 09:36 AM
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I have always thought HM somewhat of a pragmatist and today made me smile. In view of her advanced age, the great and the good have been pontificating at some length about how long she would be able to continue wearing the Imperial State Crown due to its weight (1.6 kg).

Strangely, I don't think I have ever heard any commentator remark on the rather formidable staircase Her Majesty and Prince Philip have to navigate formally, her hand over his. That is an extremely arduous task and HM made short work of solving the problem. The lift! Referred somewhat whimsically to as 'The Gold Lift of State' by the BBC Commentator. She, Prince Philip and their train were whisked up within seconds.

Having cut out a fair old procession up the stairs and to the robing room and later processing from the robing room down the stairs to the carriage, I think both she and Philip must have had energy to spare. More importantly, it made for an interesting entrance and an equally entertaining exit which I am sure someone of an organisational and regal bent will finesse so we hardly notice it next year. But the beaming faces of HM and Prince Philip were wonderful.

But most importantly, history was preserved, she still wore the ISC and the continuity of the State Opening of Parliament with all its intrinsic meaning was enacted for all to see and commentators to wax lyrical essentially the same as it has been since King EdwardVII re-established it following the death of Queen Victoria.

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Her Majesty The Queen opened the new session of parliament today, and was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. She and Philip used the magnificent Diamond Jubilee State Coach, while Charles and Camilla used the Irish State Coach.

What is the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen's Speech?

Queen uses lift instead of stairs for first time at State Opening of Parliament
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The Queen has for the first time chosen to use a lift to get to the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament, in one of the most public concessions to her age to date.

Household Cavalry soldiers in full dress uniform had lined the 26 steps at the Sovereign’s Entrance, but the Queen, 90, and the 94-year-old Duke of Edinburgh bypassed them in favour of the lift to the Robing Room.

It is there that the Queen puts on her heavy robes of State and the Imperial State Crown.

Her Majesty is understood to suffer from sore knees, but Buckingham Palace denied the use of the lift was connected to any specific health issue.

A spokesman said: “It is a modest adjustment made for the Queen’s comfort.”

In her tenth decade, the Queen’s staff are constantly trying to find ways to make her public engagements less physically demanding, though Her Majesty remains in remarkably good health for her age and still goes riding.
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Weighed down with heavy ceremonial crowns and robes, the Queen looked resplendent as she arrived for the State Opening of Parliament this morning, one of the most important events of her calendar.

As well as Queen Victoria's pearl drop earrings and the Diamond Jubilee necklace, the monarch wore two crowns - starting the day with the George IV State Diadem, set with 1,333 diamonds, to travel from Buckingham Palace to the House of Lords.

She wore a white dress by Angela Kelly and the same silver evening shoes by her favourite brand Anello & Davide that she wore to last year's event to deliver a speech setting out plans for the UK's first spaceport and driverless cars as well as an online porn crackdown, a 'universal' right to high-speed broadband, NHS charges for foreigners and a major prisons overhaul.

The tradition, which dates back to the 16th century, is one of the most spectacular of the royal calendar and sees the Queen wearing two of the most important pieces in the Royal collection of jewels and clothing, both also worn for the coronation: the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of the State.
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I wonder why the Queen does not opt for Queen Victoria's smaller crown, or wear the magnificent King George's State Diadem, eventually with the Imperial Crown on a special place next to her throne, to symoblize her kingship. Such a tiny, breakable lady and a monster-sized crown on that fragile head... Kudos for doing so, but I would like it too when she would be relieved from that burden. It is also a bit distracting to hear and see the Queen announcing draconic cuts while at the same time a giant construction with unbelievable jewels is wobbling on her head.
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I believe Queen Mary was the last queen to wear the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.
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The beautiful and elegant small diamond crown created for Queen Victoria: picture. But maybe it is no sight on Queen Elizabeth II, with her puffy hairdo. It probably needs a straight hairdo or a veil indeed.
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AFAIK The Duchess of Cornwall always wear white at the State Opening of the Parliament. Is this a tradition or only the personal taste of her?
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AFAIK The Duchess of Cornwall always wear white at the State Opening of the Parliament. Is this a tradition or only the personal taste of her?
It's pretty much the official court dress. Sometimes The Queen wear gold on this occasion.
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AFAIK The Duchess of Cornwall always wear white at the State Opening of the Parliament. Is this a tradition or only the personal taste of her?
The Ladies-in-Waiting also wear white, as does the Queen herself. I think the Duchess of Cornwall conforms to this colour. Princess Margaret has been seen with other colours. In crème. In blue-green. In green. Maybe the difference is that the Princess sat with the Peeresses in the benches while the Duchess of Cornwall sits on the dais, therefore complementing the Queen and the Ladies-in-Waiting in an uniform colour?
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