Is there such a thing as “Parliament Casual”?

After the General Election in the United Kingdom ended in a hung parliament, it made the public wonder what would happen in regard to the Opening of Parliament this year.  Not only was it delayed by two days, but the Queen eschewed the traditional pomp.

Ascot opened the same week, but after only one day in attendance, Prince Philip fell ill and had to pass on Parliament. It fell to Prince Charles to accompany the Queen. It was surreal – Charles next to the Queen on the throne, and the Queen herself was dressed only in her typical queenly attire (avec sturdy shoes and purse, of course). I know Charles will be there from now on since Philip has officially stepped down from public duties, but after so many years seeing the Duke of Edinburgh there, it reminds you of how much things are changing.

The crown was still present, regardless. It rested on a cushion near the queen.

Some people have posed the theory that the Queen was using her powers of subtlety to show her support for the European Union with her outfit. Strangely enough, her all-blue hat features flowers containing yellow centers, all somewhat arranged in a circle like the yellow stars on the blue flag of the EU. Interesting, but unlikely.

Hung Parliament

The general election in the UK has ended in a hung Parliament. This means that none of the political parties have the 326 seats needed to gain majority in the House of Commons. Theresa May’s Conservative Party led the pack, but still came up short for an overall win. Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party came second.

We might end up seeing a coalition government like the one formed with David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Chances are that will be the case, though if Theresa May can’t gather a majority from the other parties in negotiating a coalition or other deals, she may have to resign.

Mrs. May’s next move will be a visit to the Queen to ask permission to form a government.

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