Meeting the Queen

To mark her Diamond Jubilee, the Queen addressed members of both Houses of Parliament yesterday in Westminster Hall.   Her speech was short, balanced, included some jokes and what some may regard as a dig at Parliament for the sheer volume of legislation that is enacted.  It was well received, as evidenced by the prolonged standing ovation.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the occasion; it was, after all, a celebration.  It was also marked by the unveiling of some stained glass windows – paid for by members of both Houses – that will be put in the window above the North Entrance to Westminster Hall. 

The speech was followed by a reception in the Royal Gallery.  There was a ballot to determine who could attend.  I was successful, but then so were rather a lot of others.  We were organised in groups.  Mine – Group 4 (yes, I made the joke about the name) – was headed by Baroness Royall, the Leader of the Opposition, even though it was formed predominantly of Conservatives (including a Duke and two Earls – ours was definitely the most aristocratic group).  We were squeezed between one headed by Nick Clegg and another by Ed Miliband.  The Queen came round each group and was introduced to the members.  Though I am regularly at royal events – State Opening, Trooping the Colour, Buckingham Palace Garden Parties – this was the first time I had been introduced to the Queen.  I am doing well for Heads of State – last year, Barack Obama, this year the Queen.  Not quite sure what I will do for next year.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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12 Responses to Meeting the Queen

  1. tach2you says:

    Wouldn’t a European Head of State be nice?

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  3. Tory Boy says:

    I wish I was in Baroness Trumpington’s group apparently she and the DoE were sharing a good few jokes!

  4. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    Congratulations. I assume the photo above was on another occasion and she was wearing gold — is that right? Perhaps if you had the Giant Hat of Cleverness tied on then that made you stand out for introductions.

    PS you site securityhas changed vis-a-vis my accounts with two more steps to comment. Not sure if I am alone there….

    • Lord Norton says:

      fraksummers3ba: Yes, it is not a picture of Her Majesty on the day – I decided asking her to pose for a picture was possibly not appropriate. Had I been wearing my Giant Hat of Cleverness, I would certainly have stood out, though if I had been wearing it in Westminster Hall I may not have been too popular with those sat behind me.

    • ladytizzy says:

      Re security: Me too – WordPress has been messing around. I haven’t had time to sort it out but my login changed to http blah blah gravatar.com. If you find a better way than faffing around to login, let me know!!

  5. maudie33 says:

    I took it to mean don’t come back!

  6. maudie33 says:

    I took it to mean, don’t come back…. And too late worked out it was gravitas. Which is a really big nuisance, so!

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