• Short Summary

    PRINCE CHARLES, 18 YEAR-OLD HEIR TO THE THRONE, ATTENDED HIS FIRST STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT IN LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    PRINCE CHARLES, 18 YEAR-OLD HEIR TO THE THRONE, ATTENDED HIS FIRST STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT IN LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY). HE RODE WITH HIS MOTHER, QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND, IN THE IRISH STATE COACH TO THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN A CEREMONY OF COLOURFUL PAGEANTRY.

    QUEEN ELIZABETH WORE A STRAIGHT WHITE LACE DRESS SHIMMERING WITH SEQUINS, AND HER HUSBAND, PRINCE PHILIP, WAS IN NAVAL FULL DRESS. PRINCE CHARLES WORE FORMAL MORNING WEAR, AND HIS 17 YEAR-OLD SISTER, PRINCESS ANNE WAS IN A WHITE ROBE.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BRAVED THE BITTER WIND TO LINE THE MALL AND PACK WESTMINSTER SQUARE. TRADITIONALLY THE QUEEN'S CARRIAGE WAS ESCORTED BY THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY IN SCARLET AND BLUE CLOAKS, NODDING PLUMES, AND DRAWN SABRES.

    THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE IS READ BY THE QUEEN, BUT PREPARED BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND GIVES AN OUTLINE OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME FOR THE NEXT YEAR. THE QUEEN TOLD THE GLITTERING GATHERING OF PEERS, PEERESSES, AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, THAT THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED NEW LAWS AIMED AT A SWEEPING REFORM OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS (UPPER HOUSE). THESE LAWS WOULD BOTH REDUCE THE POWERS OF THE LORDS AND ELIMINATE ITS HEREDITARY BASIS. AT THE MOMENT THERE ARE 1,045 PEERS OF WHICH ABOUT 700 HAVE INHERITED SEATS. THE REST HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AS LIFE PEERS BY SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS.

    OTHER NEW MEASURES PLANNED INCLUDE A TIGHTENING UP OF GAMBLING LAWS, TOUGHER LEGISLATION AGAINST RACE DISCRIMINATION AND SEVERAL MINOR DOMESTIC ISSUES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEK0YGQ6TBHOL2JTWC71KGS1B1
    Media URN:
    VLVAEK0YGQ6TBHOL2JTWC71KGS1B1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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