• Pomp and Ceremony: State Opening of Parliament

    This week I was lucky enough to be in a pool position (out of the rain..) in the Royal Gallery within the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening of Parliament. The Opening marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen's Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. My position was up in a corner of one room through which the Queen would walk through (and later out of) before making her speech in the chamber. The event itself was over rather quickly - about 30 minutes from beginning to end - which was notably quicker than filling in all the forms for a security pass to Parliament which was so thorough I thought they might ask what my Mother's favourite cereal, aged 11, was. Here's a few pics from the day....

    Good old Henry..

    Compulsary hairstyles?