Posted by FrankS on May 12, 2021, 5:10 pm, in reply to "Re: State Opening of Parliament"
I hope minds donít waste too much time on noting that the carpet under The Waleses was of a different pattern than the rest of the Royal Dais. I know I wasted a good three minutes. I just happened to note it when observing that in the space vacated by Philipís Consort Chair was a table with what seems to have been The Speech. I presume it was pre-placed there to avoid having an additional person approach QEII as part of COVID measures. |
Anyway, I thought the way they re-aligned the Dais was very moving and meaningful, beginning with a subdued acknowledgement of Philipís passing. Instead of having the Waleses split apart on either side, they placed The Crown on The Sovereignís right and the heir and his wife on stage left. This allowed them to sit together. The red carpet appears to cover an added lip so that 2 large chairs could sit side by side. As it was, an unintentional bonus was that the 2 symbols of State were cushioned by the patterned carpet, her heir(s) by a dignified unadorned carpeting.
I doubt The Queen will ever open Parliament again wearing The Crown as I understand its weight is vastly uncomfortable for her even in her best salad days. I hope Charles chooses the formal wearing of the Crown rather than the new European custom which seems to separate The Crown from The Sovereign both physically and existentially.