Weekly Royal Roundup

Queen Elizabeth attended the State Opening of Parliament

With Charles AND Camilla!

This year’s State Opening of Parliament was very different from previous years. There were no carriages. There was little pomp. The House of Lords was sparsely populated and there were almost no guests.

Queen Elizabeth didn’t wear the George IV State Diadem, which she has worn in the past few years. The official Imperial State Crown had been worn in years past, but is very heavy and I think it has been decided that a 90-something year old woman shouldn’t have to wear it. Instead, the Imperial State Crown was placed near her in the House of Lords as Her Majesty read the Throne Speech.

The Queen also didn’t wear ceremonial clothing, but a simple dress, coat, and hat. Media outlets picked up on the fact that Her Majesty chose to wear the same dress that she wore for Prince Philip’s official 99th birthday portrait.

Steve Parsons/PA Wire

With the recent death of Prince Philip, the Consort Throne was not brought to the House of Lords, which is, of course, expected but still quite sad. Charles and Camilla sat to the side in Chairs of State. Some more info on the Consort Throne, per The Legal Monarchist on Twitter (follow him, he’s brilliant and a fellow Canadian!):

If you’re wondering where you’ve heard the terms Marquess of Cholmondeley, Lord Great Chamberlain, or Houghton Hall before, go here for a refresher and here to buy a “What’s a Marchioness of Cholmondeley?” mug:

Will presented a football/soccer trophy

In person!

Will presented Leicester City Football Club with the FA Cup on Saturday. Will is the President of the Football Association. This was another marker of pre-COVID normality returning; Will presented the trophy in person and there were fans in the stands. Very exciting.

Harry recorded a podcast with Dax Shepard

Armchair Expert Podcast

Harry spoke about mental health, PTSD, and genetic and generational trauma. This podcast appearance was done to promote the Armchair Expert’s new exclusive partnership with Spotify and Harry and Oprah’s upcoming Apple+ special on mental health. But, most importantly, during the podcast Harry said the word “highway” rather than the English “motorway” (grab the smelling salts!). You can read all the details about Harry’s podcast appearance here.

Let’s end on a delightful note: Kate held a guinea pig named Gus

And will petted a bearded dragon named Barbara.

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One thought on “Weekly Royal Roundup

  1. Hi, well I think H’s Armchair Expert podcast episode did steal the thunder from everything else, and we are still feeling the aftermath almost one week later. I don’t know to what extend its release was planned to coincide with William and Kate’s appearance last Thursday to conmemorate Mental Health Awareness week, but it did steal the attention. And it has been hurtful to the family, no matter what H’s original intentions were, though it’s hard to believe he didn’t mean to be hurtful in some capacity. The preview for his Apple TV series with Oprah sure looks like it will bring more statements from his part and there is no reason to believe they will be better than what he said in this podcast. If anything, it looks he will talk more about how Diana’s death affected him and the mentions of Diana will probably irk William, more so because they had agreed in 2017 during the 20th anniversary of her death not to talk more about her in public. H also managed to upset the part of the US media and public with his use of the word “bonkers” towards the US 1st Amendment (whatever it is he was trying to say), and in fact with this he gave munition to the right wing media to attack him. And like a royal commentator said, he also used a word that has been used in the past as a derogatory term towards people with mental issues, so not the best way to set up an example for the general public. Plus there is a point here about sounding arrogant / coincited / dissmisive about the laws and costumes of the country he has chosen to migrate to.

    As for the rest, I remember that around 2017 / 2018 it was decided the Imperial State Crown was too heavy for the Queen and she stopped wearing it for Parliament oppenings before the pandemic.

    Also, loved the positive note at the end too.


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