14 October 2019

State Opening of Parliament

The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, traveled in State to the Palace of Westminster to open the Session of Parliament.
House of Lords 2019/Roger Harris

It's been a minute - or more like three and a half years' worth of minutes - since there was a State Opening with the full dressed up pomp and circumstance; the last one was a "dressed down" version in 2017, so you have to go back to 2016 for a version with The Queen at her fanciest.

House of Lords 2019/Roger Harris

The Queen chose not to wear the Imperial State Crown this time around. Instead, it was carried ahead in the procession and set to her side during the speech. She's 93 years old and, hey, it's heavy, so fair enough.

House of Lords 2019/Roger Harris

The George IV Diadem was worn throughout and the Coronation Necklace, most frequently paired with its matching earrings, was this time paired with Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings.

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(I love a view that shows just how major those earrings are!)

George IV State Diadem
Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings
Coronation Necklace
Diamond Evening Watch
Diamond Bracelet
Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter

House of Lords 2019/Roger Harris

Lastly, for The Duchess of Cornwall, it was absolutely business as usual: repeated dress, repeated jewel combination.

Greville Tiara
Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings
Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp
Art Deco Diamond Brooch (on shoulder securing sash)
Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
Star, Riband, and Badge of the Royal Victorian Order