The Queen’s Speech and Strange Customs

My friend who lives in England shared this with me and while I’m all for customs and traditions, they are amusing. Especially the bit about Guy Fawkes.

1) An MP is actually taken hostage at Buckingham Palace.

2) The Queen shows up in this. [her carriage]

3) [The Yeoman of the Guard] search for gunpowder using highly flammable lamps.

4) Their Shoes!

5) [Black Rod] allows himself to be ritually humiliated.

6) The Queen has absolutely no say on her own speech.

7) The crap one-liner. [very modern addition]

Full story

For more detailed information, I found an article from The Guardian. There’s also an article in Wikipedia.


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