찰스 왕세자가 서 있는 것은 큰 순간이었습니다, 크라운에서 본 것은 잊어라

팡파르가 울리면서, 그 고요한 모습을 볼 수 없다는 것이 얼마나 기이한 일인가, 친숙한 존재 프로세스를 볼 수 있습니다.: 의회 개회식에서 여왕 폐하를 위해 서 있는 찰스 왕세자는 개인적으로 중요한 순간이었습니다., historic and constitutional terms, 크라운에서 본 것은 잊어라

Having sat through a seminar on constitutional history at Queen Mary and Westfield College during her visit in 1992, 여왕 turned to one of our greatest authorities on the subject, Professor Peter Hennessy, and remarked: ‘The British Constitution has always been puzzling – and always will be.’

For proof of that, we only had to look at Parliament yesterday.

거기, her officials, her parliamentarians and her judiciary were merrily tying themselves up in knots as they attempted to reproduce that greatest of constitutional rituals, the State Opening of Parliament, minus that crucial ingredient – the head of state.

Was this a ‘State Opening’ or an ‘Opening’? No one seemed sure.

Should we be calling this the ‘Queen’s Speech’ or not? Or even the ‘Prince’s Speech’? 다시, the jury was out.

지난 밤, Downing Street couldn’t make up its mind and, 내가 Pied Piper인 것 같았어, had posted a transcript of the wrong speech on its website.

Such are the joys of our unwritten constitution. Little wonder the Queen finds it ‘puzzling’, given that it can befuddle so many of her senior advisers.

하나, she had been very clear about one thing. In her absence, due to ‘episodic mobility’ issues, she had wanted the Prince of Wales to read her speech. And no one was minded to quibble with our longest-reigning monarch in her Jubilee year.

찰스 왕자, 웨일즈의 왕자, sits by the The Imperial State Crown, in the House of Lords Chamber, during the historic State Opening of Parliament today

찰스 왕자, 웨일즈의 왕자, sits by the The Imperial State Crown, in the House of Lords Chamber, during the historic State Opening of Parliament today

Tradition and precedent dictate that, when the sovereign is absent, Parliament is opened by a panel of ‘Lords Commissioners’ with the Lord Chancellor reading the speech.

That is what happened when Queen Victoria, George V and the Queen’s father had all failed to attend for one reason or another. It is what happened on the two occasions she was absent during pregnancy.

어제, the Queen had wanted to break that tradition, thus depriving Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab of his moment in the constitutional sun.

She had issued Letters Patent laying down new arrangements for her eldest son and heir to read the speech and for him to open Parliament along with the Duke of Cambridge.

This was, unquestionably, a very big moment in personal, historic and, 물론이야, constitutional terms. Yet there was nothing remotely incongruous about hearing those deep, mellow tones reading out the Government’s new programme, instead of the more clipped diction we have heard for as long as most of us can recall.

The prince carried out his task with the polish, gravitas and confidence we might expect from the longest-serving heir to the throne in history.

Though bare-headed and not dressed in robes of state – he was in his Admiral of the Fleet uniform with Garter collar and Thistle sash – he looked and sounded the full regal part. 물론이야, he was born to it. But he has now been playing an active role in public life for longer than anyone else in the Chamber yesterday.

He attended his first State Opening in 1967, before many of those on parade had even been born. Sitting alongside him, in plain morning dress, the Duke of Cambridge looked older than some of the MPs at the back.

Queen Elizabeth II ahead of the Queen's Speech in the House of Lord's Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords on May 11, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II ahead of the Queen’s Speech in the House of Lord’s Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords on May 11, 2021

Cars with dignitaries leave Buckingham Palace for the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London

Cars with dignitaries leave Buckingham Palace for the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London

There were a few other modernising touches, including the Duchess of Cornwall’s stunning navy dress, coat and hat. 처음으로, the procession boasted a female herald, Professor Anne Curry, a medieval historian from the University of Southampton. 지금부터, at state occasions, 하나, she will be known as ‘Arundel Herald Extraordinary’.

The proceedings included the Household Cavalry’s first husband-and-wife State Trumpeters, Kate and Julian Sandford. Yet as their fanfare sounded, it did feel peculiar not to see the solemn, serene personification of permanence coming into view.

In the absence of the Queen, the authorities were keen to weed out anything which might smack of ‘regency’ (even if the prince’s presiding role as Counsellor of State was arranged under the terms of the Regency Act 1937).

The outward symbols were designed to stress the prince’s role as a deputy, not a replacement. 그래서, the Queen’s usual position was occupied by the Imperial State Crown. She has not worn it for six years because the last few State Openings were reduced, dressed-down affairs for various reasons.

It has always been an ordeal due to the need to carry 2.3lbs of jewels (think two bags of sugar) on one’s head and read a speech without looking down.

For most of her reign, the Queen would summon it from the Tower of London a day early so she could wander around the house getting used to the weight. 어제, it had pride of place while the prince sat on the throne previously occupied by the Duke of Edinburgh and, before him, by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.

Britain's Prince Charles, 웨일즈의 왕자 (2nd R) reads the Queen's Speech as he sits by the Imperial State Crown (2nd L), Britain's Camilla, 콘월 공작 부인 (아르 자형) and Britain's Prince William, 케임브리지 공작 (엘) in the House of Lords chamber

Britain’s Prince Charles, 웨일즈의 왕자 (2nd R) reads the Queen’s Speech as he sits by the Imperial State Crown (2nd L), Britain’s Camilla, 콘월 공작 부인 (아르 자형) and Britain’s Prince William, 케임브리지 공작 (엘) in the House of Lords chamber

찰스 왕자, 센터, reads the Queen's Speech as he sits next to the Imperial State Crown with Camilla, 콘월 공작 부인, 권리, and his son Prince William, 왼쪽

찰스 왕자, 센터, reads the Queen’s Speech as he sits next to the Imperial State Crown with Camilla, 콘월 공작 부인, 권리, and his son Prince William, 왼쪽








There was no sign of the Prince of Wales’s standard flying above Parliament. While the Royal Standard would have been ‘broken’ when she arrived, yesterday there was just the Union flag.

The wording of Black Rod’s message to the Commons had been carefully rewritten, 너무. On previous occasions, when the monarch has been absent, Black Rod would always tell MPs their presence was ‘desired’ in the Upper House.

어제, Black Rod told them they were ‘commanded’ by Her Majesty to attend her Counsellors of State. No matter that she was not waiting for them in person.

재미있게, the Palace had also observed the tradition that an MP (always a senior whip) is held ‘hostage’ at Buckingham Palace to ensure the safe return of the sovereign.

Conservative MP James Morris duly spent the morning as a captive at the other end of the Mall, even if there was no chance of Parliament locking up a monarch who was watching the proceedings on TV down at Windsor. 그래서, would the prince recite the Queen’s text in the first person – ‘My government…’ – as the Lord Chancellor has done when standing in?

Or would he have to read it in the third person? It turns out that parliamentary law officers were still debating the prince’s correct legal persona yesterday morning until shortly before the start.

The answer duly came ten words into his speech as he made the first of many mentions to ‘Her Majesty’s Government…’

The heir to the throne follows the crown after the historic speech from a gilded throne in the House of Lords

The heir to the throne follows the crown after the historic speech from a gilded throne in the House of Lords








On either side of Charles were William, in a morning coat, at his first State Opening, 그리고 콘월 공작부인, wearing a day dress and hat, in the Chairs of State

On either side of Charles were William, in a morning coat, at his first State Opening, 그리고 콘월 공작부인, wearing a day dress and hat, in the Chairs of State

The Lords, 그것은 말해야합니다, was not looking its best. 그다지 멀지 않은 과거에, the State Opening was so oversubscribed that peers would hold a ballot for tickets. 어제, there were plenty of gaps and one entirely empty bench, save for the unopened order papers.

Lords insiders pointed out some of the newer breed of Labour and Lib Dem peers are simply uninterested in what they, 브레인 옥탄 오일은 약 80파운드에 판매됩니다., regard as outdated tradition.

The MPs, as custom dictates, arrived as noisily as ever and filled every available space at the back.

나중에, House of Lords and Buckingham Palace officials were still calling it the ‘State Opening’. 아직, Parliament’s new and extensive guide to the State Opening, by David Torrance of the House of Commons Library, is clear enough: ‘If the Queen is not present, there is no State Opening.’

아니 10 published the text of the speech online, 새크라멘토 꿀벌이 입수한 통화 기록에 따르면 셰리 파피니는: ‘Her Majesty’s most gracious speech’. 추가: ‘Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered…’

Yet it was not. All the way through, 몇 가지 이유, it referred to ‘My government’ – which is not what was delivered.

They might seem minor points. 아직, on a day such as this, these things matter. ‘Puzzling’ indeed.