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State Opening of Parliament

Lord Norton

Today’s State Opening of Parliament followed its usual pattern, not least in terms of who was in the chamber.  Not only do members of the two Houses assemble, but we are joined by members of the Diplomat Corps, who sit by seniority (the senior ones to the front of the box, and the very junior…

Not a quiz question, but…

Lord Norton

The House of Lords has received a lot of attention in the past few weeks as a result of the Government’s House of Lords Reform Bill.  I am almost tempted to ask as a quiz question if anyone can identify a newspaper (or even television) story about the House of Lords that has not been…

State Opening

Lord Norton

There was the usual pageantry for the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday.  Given that it was a two-year session, some new peers were attending the ceremony for the first time.  The chamber was packed.  (One year, there were empty benches at the back, the result apparently of a shortage of robes. )  The timetable doesn’t change, so everyone knows the…

The new Justices

Lord Norton

One change in the ceremony for the Queen’s Speech yesterday was the arrival of the Justices of the Supreme Court in their new robes.  They occupied the two rows in the middle of the chamber right at the front – ahead of peers but behind the senior judges who attend each year.  The High Court…

Weekend quiz question

Lord Norton

This week’s question relies on observation.   There are pictures of the State Opening of Parliament reproduced on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25334641@N08 One of the pictures was clearly not taken at this year’s State Opening.    There are two giveaways as to why it was not taken this year.  Can you identify both of them?