Great Britain: The Laborious Parliament

For the first time in two weeks, the sun shone over London. Out of Buckingham Palace in gilded grace swept the Irish State Coach, bearing Queen Elizabeth II to Parliament. The royal route through St. James's Park was lined by a thousand troops, and the equipage of horses and cavalrymen jingled cheerily between trumpet fanfares. The Queen, acrackle in white silk organza and wrapped in white fox, dismounted and marched up the Royal Staircase past lines of tabarded heralds to the Royal Robing Room. Then, having donned the 18-ft. red velvet train,...

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