Foreign News: Parliament Opened

At the huge Palace of Westminster, called the Houses of Parliament, the lords and mighty prelates of the Realm were sitting on benches of soft red morocco. The King and Queen were on their thrones—His Majesty bedight with "the ermine, the purple and the crown." Queen Mary's robe of cloth-of-silver, blazing with diamonds, betokened that the Court is no longer in mourning for the late Queen Alexandra.†

Peers sat robed in scarlet, gold and ermine. Justices were capped by wigs as large as beehives. Peeresses, for the first time, generally wore flexible diamond-studded bandeaux, instead...

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