Our professor informed us that The Queen would be making her way through the streets of London in her horse and carriage for the opening of Parliament. This only happens once a year, and all of us were so excited to have this opportunity. This was a big deal. As always, for those of you who are unaware of what the opening of Parliament entails, it marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen’s Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. It is the only regular occasion when the three constituent parts of Parliament – the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons – meet.
We were so determined to see her that we convinced our other professor to change our class time to an hour earlier, just so we had plenty of time to wait and get a good view. Rachael and I rushed from class to Westminster. We had to break our way into the crowd. The funny thing was – we thought we were an hour early. Turns out, we were actually only about 15 minutes early. After waiting for only a short amount of time, We saw her!
I stole the next picture from a friend on the trip. I got video and pictures, but hers was dead center.
That is all real gold. It was so gorgeous. Her crown is carried behind her in its own separate carriage.
I was so excited that we were able to see the Queen. Not many could say they were in London during the opening of Parliament.
London was everything that I hoped it would be and more. I saw and did everything I wanted to, and took advantage of every waking second during my time here. I have memories for years and pictures that will last a lifetime. Although I am extremely sad to be leaving London, I am looking forward to my next adventure in Ireland. Cheers, London!
Top o’ the morning’, Ireland! 🙂