That’s why MP is being held hostage at Buckingham Palace today


After the fallout from the local elections, attention now turns to the Queen’s speech as Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines his legislative agenda for the coming year.

It will be the Queen’s first major public appearance since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99 last month.

The Queen, 95, continues her work as Sovereign at Windsor Castle as she mourns the loss of her beloved husband of 73 years.

25 bills will be unveiled in Her Majesty’s speech on asylum reforms, police and

The Queen marks the start of the parliamentary session by delivering the Queen’s Speech, which sets out the government’s legislative plans.

The official opening of Parliament is usually the most colorful event of the parliamentary year and is steeped in traditions and customs dating back centuries.

This year, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be a fairly calm affair compared to usual traditions.

The Queen will wear a day dress and hat rather than the traditional dresses and a crown when only 100 people will be in attendance.

There would typically be 600 in the Lords, but this has been scaled back to maintain social distancing guidelines with just a small number of MPs in upper chambers to hear the Queen’s Speech.

Her Majesty will arrive by car rather than by horse-drawn carriage.

But perhaps the strangest tradition will continue while the Queen is in Westminster.

In an old tradition, an MP is to be held hostage in Buckingham Place while the Queen is busy in Westminster to ensure her safe return.

Before the monarch leaves Buckingham Palace, the monarch keeps a prisoner hostage (usually the vice chamberlain) for the duration of the ceremony.

Hostage this year is Tory MP Marcus Jones who will be entertained until the Queen’s safe return.

Although Mr. Jones will remain under surveillance, imprisonment is now purely ceremonial.

The tradition began in 1649 when Charles I, who had a strained relationship with Parliament, was finally beheaded during the Civil War between the monarchy and Parliament.

In the absence of Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will join the Queen in the event, but there will be no cars, and the Queen, in day dress and hat, will visit from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Palace by car.

Charles has been by his mother’s side for the last three state openings – in December 2019, October 2019 and June 2017.

He intervened for his father Philip in 2017 after the Duke fell ill with an infection, two months before retiring from public service.


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