08 May 2013

State Opening of Parliament

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, traveled in State to the Palace of Westminster to open the Session of Parliament. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were also in attendance.
Video, above: The State Opening of Parliament
Back to the old faithfuls for Her Maj today: a double dose of Queen Victoria, in diamonds and pearls. And a bonus in a bracelet we've not featured here before, the Pearl and Diamond Floral Bracelet!

The occasion had an added point of interest, too: the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall came along. Buckingham Palace announced their attendance some time ago, though it will no doubt be given even more attention given yesterday's announcement that the Queen will not attend CHOGM 2013 and the discussion about transfer of responsibilities as the Queen gets older that ensued in the press. This was the first State Opening of Parliament for the Duchess, and the first in 17 years for the Prince.
 For us, of course, it gives an opportunity to see more of the Queen's jewel collection on display - this time in the form of the Greville Tiara, which is on loan to Camilla. She paired it with her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp, for a pretty standard jewel appearance.

For a complete change of pace, she later visited the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, click here for pictures.

Photos:Getty Images/PA