Monarchy: The State Opening of Parliament

8:30pm Saturday, January 16 on Prime

Documentary Series

Nothing demonstrates the constitutional position of The Queen and her Government quite like the State Opening of Parliament. This episode shows the remarkable preparations for this annual spectacular. The Crown Jewels must be removed, amid great secrecy, from the Tower. Only one person is permitted to touch these treasures, which include some of the largest diamonds in existence.

The most senior Ministers in the land must rehearse their walk-on parts with military precision. It’s harder than it looks. In the Royal Mews, The Queen’s coachmen are putting on 100-year-old costumes, some of which are worth £15,000. Everyone knows the routine. But will it go according to plan?

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