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Old 09-17-2008, 10:51 AM
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I thought, obviously incorrectly, that the Swedish monarch no longer played any role at all in the opening of Parliament? Exactly what role does he have? Does he read a speech from the throne?
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:31 PM
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Princesses Victoria and Madeleine looks so beautiful when they attended at the Swedish Opening of Parliament with their parents and brother yesterday. I love both of their headpieces!
Thanks for the photos!
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:41 PM
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These photos are great. They are such a handsome, good looking family.
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I Agree very great looking Family.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:14 AM
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I am with you it is a great looking family, but why have they always clothes in black??
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:42 AM
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I am with you it is a great looking family, but why have they always clothes in black??
As someone here previously posted, wearing of black/white during the opening of the parliament is a tradition which follows the color worn during the old times in the same event. Victoria's really beautiful in this outfit and I think she lost some weight. Madeleine's the one who's gaining weight but nevertheless they're both beautiful and Carl Philip.. no words
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:14 AM
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Opening of Parliament 2009

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I haven't been following it much, so I have a question: is this a tradition for the royal ladies to wear dark colours at the opening of the parliament?
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:25 AM
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I haven't been following it much, so I have a question: is this a tradition for the royal ladies to wear dark colours at the opening of the parliament?
I think so, when thinking back, I can only remember
them wearing black, but I may be wrong of course

Here are a few additional pics of the family arriving:

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 **

And some from inside the parliament:

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 **
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:26 AM
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Both Queen and Princess Victoria look beautiful and elegant.
Thanks to Coco Chanel for her great creation is a black dress.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:08 PM
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The royal family looks very apprehensive during the open carriage trip. It must be nerve wrecking to sit so unprotected as there are after all frequent threats against the family. Especially Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria look uncomfortable.

As much as I love the royal carriages and the traditions I wish they will use another mode of transportation in the future.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:45 PM
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They certainly will not use 'another mode of transportation' on June 19th, 2010.

After the Opening of Parliament was stripped off all ceremonial elements in-between 1975 and 1982, certain parts were re-introduced, like the carriage procession, as of 1983.

Queen Silvia has worn only black & white ever since, in an intentional homage to the old court dress, which was worn until 1974 and was made of black velvet with white detailing.
CP Victoria and Princess Madeleine follwed suit, only varying it with different shades of grey.

While I find CP Victoria's appearance this year extremely dowdy, I like Madeleine's suit. The Queen's head piece is a bit mad, but with such a simple black suit it becomes possible - a kind of whimsical 'Je ne sais quoi' touch, which she is able to pull off nicely.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:01 PM
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The Swedish ladies look absolutely stunning ... as usual!
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Thanks to everyone who posted pictures. But could someone tell me what this "Opening of Parliament" is? Do they do this every year and is Parliament closed at certain times of the year or something? Sorry if this sounds stupid...I tried looking up on it, but I couldn't find anything that explains what it exactly is.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:17 PM
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Are you really serious?
Strikes me as self-explanatory.
In the US, the House of Congress goes into recess as well...
Anyway, this is the annual ceremony after the summer recess that marks the new parliamentary season = The Opening of Parliament, as in the UK and practically every country around the world that happens to have a parliament... the people's representatives take holidays too...
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Thanks to everyone who posted pictures. But could someone tell me what this "Opening of Parliament" is? Do they do this every year and is Parliament closed at certain times of the year or something? Sorry if this sounds stupid...I tried looking up on it, but I couldn't find anything that explains what it exactly is.
Your questions make lots of sense. What they are actually doing with the "Opening of the ......." is opening or starting a new session. In the US the President delivers his State of the Union speech to the joint congress in January or February when the new session begins. With elections in November any newly elected Senators/Representatives are sworn in in January.

In monarchies the "opening..." tends to have different symbolic and ceremonial traditions due to the King's or Queen's role as sovereigns in the past.

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Old 09-16-2009, 07:44 PM
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Are you really serious?
Strikes me as self-explanatory.
In the US, the House of Congress goes into recess as well...
Anyway, this is the annual ceremony after the summer recess that marks the new parliamentary season = The Opening of Parliament, as in the UK and practically every country around the world that happens to have a parliament... the people's representatives take holidays too...
Look, I just started my interest with royalty recently, so things that may seem obvious to you aren't necessarily obvious to me. I know that the US House of Congress takes recess, but when they go back into session, I've never seen them make a big deal about it or have some sort of fancy ceremony where they go to an opera afterwards like countries with a parliament (or maybe they do and I've just never paid attention).

But thanks for explaining anyway....
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:46 PM
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Your questions make lots of sense. What they are actually doing with the "Opening of the ......." is opening or starting a new session. In the US the President delivers his State of the Union speech to the joint congress in January or February when the new session begins. With elections in November any newly elected Senators/Representatives are sworn in in January.

In monarchies the "opening..." tends to have different symbolic and ceremonial traditions due to the King's or Queen's role as sovereigns in the past.

Hope this helps.
Thank you for explaining this to me (and not making me feel like an idiot). This makes sense to me now.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:33 AM
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Thank you for explaining this to me (and not making me feel like an idiot). This makes sense to me now.
I apologize if my posted resulted in that feeling on your part... I was just truly amazed that neither the expression nor trying to look it up / googling it gave you an idea what it could be, and unfortunately it showed in my post. Again, sorry.
We'll see a lot of 'Opening of Parliament' ceremonies in monarchies over the next weeks, and in each country the role the monarch plays in this is different:
From all the pomp and circumstance including the sovereign wearing the crown (UK), to the monarch being invited as guest by Parliament to watch the opening from a gallery without actually declaring it open herself (Denmark).
Countries with different customs, which are based on a rather complex mix of past traditions, the constitutional position of the sovereign, and modern-day approach.
In Sweden, The King is the first to hold a speech, which is his own brief summary of the year on a non-political level; afterwards he proclaims the paliamentary season open, and is followed by the Prime Minister who holds the government's political speech.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:36 AM
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I note that members have posted pictures of the Royal Family at the Opera. Is there a series of events held to celebrate the Opening of the Parliament?
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