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Members of the Household Cavalry arrive outside the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament

Members of the Household Cavalry arrive outside the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament

Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander  | The Royal Hats Blog | When I think of the Dutch abdication and enthronement tomorrow, there is one image that keeps coming to mind. It is of Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander entering The Golden Carriage in The Hague on Prinsjesdag last year. On September 18, 2012, we did not know it would be Queen Beatrix's final speech from the throne to open parliament. But these two did.   Here they are. The Queen and her son, a man soon to be King.

Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander | The Royal Hats Blog | When I think of the Dutch abdication and enthronement tomorrow, there is one image that keeps coming to mind. It is of Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander entering The Golden Carriage in The Hague on Prinsjesdag last year. On September 18, 2012, we did not know it would be Queen Beatrix's final speech from the throne to open parliament. But these two did. Here they are. The Queen and her son, a man soon to be King.

The Gold State Coach was commissioned by King George III in 1760. He employed the well-known architect Sir William Chambers to create a “very superb” coach that would be used for his Coronation and for his wedding to Princess Charlotte. The designs were so grand that the carriage was not finished in time for either important event. However, it finally made its grand appearance at the State Opening of Parliament on November 25th, 1762.

The Gold State Coach was commissioned by King George III in 1760. He employed the well-known architect Sir William Chambers to create a “very superb” coach that would be used for his Coronation and for his wedding to Princess Charlotte. The designs were so grand that the carriage was not finished in time for either important event. However, it finally made its grand appearance at the State Opening of Parliament on November 25th, 1762.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh proceed through the Royal Gallery after the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster, 04.06.2014 in London, England.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh proceed through the Royal Gallery after the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster, 04.06.2014 in London, England.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa  http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/photo-gallery.php

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/photo-gallery.php

09 May 2012, London, England, UK --- Britain's Queen Elizabeth proceeds through the Royal Gallery in the Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament, during the State Opening of Parliament in London May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Leon Neal/POOL (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT) --- Image by © POOL/Reuters/Corbis

09 May 2012, London, England, UK --- Britain's Queen Elizabeth proceeds through the Royal Gallery in the Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament, during the State Opening of Parliament in London May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Leon Neal/POOL (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT) --- Image by © POOL/Reuters/Corbis

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