“Her Majesty The Queen officially opened a new session of Parliament this morning, but chose to take the lift instead of the stairs, another small sign her age is starting to affect her work.” I think Her Majesty and Prince-Consort Philip can be forgiven that minor concession, considering that she is 90 and he 94! Includes a video of the Queen’s Speech and much of the ceremony, and links to further information on this event.
One of the traditions of the State Opening – the Ceremonial Search by the Beefeaters (Yeoman Guard) for threats to The Queen’s safety and welfare, before her arrival.
HM The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leave Buckingham Palace by State Coach – the traditional horse-drawn carriage – en route to the Houses of Parliament.
HM The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, proceed through the Royal Gallery of the Houses of Parliament en route to the State Opening of Parliament.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Imperial State Crown and Robe of State, attended by pages and escorted by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reads The Queen’s Speech from the Throne during the State Opening of Parliament. It is not often that one sees Her Majesty in full Royal panoply! Still less is able to appreciate the incredible beauty and ornateness of her Throne in the House of Lords, where the Queen’s Speech is given.