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State Opening of Parliament, 1966-1969 (2)

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Published on Mar 9, 2010

Lichfield finally gets out of the way and the procession proceeds to Westminster. Princess Marina practically leaps up the staircase (1:14), followed by the demure Duke and Duchess of Kent, she with a towering up-do. Margot and Tony come next (1:25), both relieved for once that Tony has to walk behind her. We had a terrible time in the car on the way over from KP. They were not speaking after last night's foursome at Cliveden (bridge) and when she tried to chat Tony, while grinning at the crowds, muttered "shut up you fat cow and keep smiling!" Dear Duchess of Gloucester floats in (1:34) wearing her mother's fur and the Russian Palmette tiara ... and the Duke. Inside the House we see me, of course (1:41), middle row, third from the left. Note my versatile Frederick of Hollywood peignoir. "No one will ever know" said Freddie, not realising that half the House of Lords had seen it before! Next to me is poor old Veronique, reading a letter she'd just received from her father (my uncle, the Duke of Dumstruque, pronouced "Doom" - the "struque" is silent) in which he used the proposed decimalisation conversion rates to reduce her allowance to 2 pounds a week. We all rise (1:44) as the Royal Ladies enter, Margot looking ever so happy that Tony has to go and sit on the woolsack. The clip's out of order here (2:04) and shows Their Royal Highnesses trooping gamely past the gaping ticketholders from Abroad, and then (2:30) we see the dear Queen, enrobed upon the throne. Mummy used to stand in for HM at rehearsal and said she had to practise with a bedsheeet on the loo!!

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