Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog,
My highlight of the week was undoubtedly the "State Opening of Parliament" in Westminster. If you missed it, do watch it! That is, even in this year’s stripped-down version (obviously there was no time for the horse choreography, so the cavalry and the gilded Irish State Coach had to remain in the stable), constitutional theater at its finest. 600 years of constitutional history are wrapped into this ceremony like raisins in a strudel. Absolutely wonderful!
The British, as is well known, are not citizens of a republic, but subjects of a crown. There is no such thing as republican equality: most are Commons, some are Lords. When the Queen arrives in Parliament, she is received by two gentlemen of fairly common appearance but in decidedly uncommon garb, one of whom goes by the name of Edward Fitzalan Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, and holds the hereditary office of Earl Marshal of England; the other is officially called David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and in that capacity pursues the duties, whatever those are, of the Lord Great Chamberlain. After greeting these two, the Queen is led to the chamber of her Lords, where she takes seat as Queen in Parliament in front of a roomful of Peers of England, Scotland, and Ireland, all clad in pretty scarlet gowns with ermine collars, and a number of other dignitaries. Once she is seated, she orders a person titled the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to walk over to the chamber of the Commons and summon these unruly fellows before their queen. As the messenger arrives at that place which is situated a corridor or two away he first has the door slammed into his face – a mildly shocking moment in what otherwise is an outstandingly courteous and solemn affair – whereupon he lifts his Black Rod and knocks three times at the door ...Zum vollständigen Artikel
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