SYNOPSIS: The first life peeresses to sit in the Lords were introduced to the House this afternoon.
SYNOPSIS: The first life peeresses to sit in the Lords were introduced to the House this afternoon. Three new life peers also took their seats -- Lord Stonham, Lord Granville-West and Lord Shackleton, as well as the new Lord Chief Justice, Lord Parker. The peeresses were : Baroness Wootton, formerly Professor Barbara Wootton; and Baroness Swanborough, better known as Lady Reading, head of the W.V.S.
Wearing the parliamentary robes of a baron, Baroness Swanborough became the first woman in history to take the oath of allegiance to the Queen.
The tricorn hat was specially made for the first ladies of the Upper House, and its rosette of gold lace is the only feminine touch in the peeresses ceremonial dress.