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The Queen’s Speech

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Yehbutnobut Fri 20-Dec-19 05:20:07

The Queen was staging her own subtle protest at having her time wasted. Hell, didn’t the government know that the last Thursday before Christmas was the day she traditionally headed off for Sandringham?

This time she had given most of her retainers the day off, had dispensed with the state coach in favour of the company Rolls and just pulled on the outfit she’d been going to wear around the Palace. .

Her face never broke from a scowl throughout. She couldn’t have made her feelings any more plain.

Calendargirl Fri 20-Dec-19 06:41:22

She always looks like that at State Opening of Parliament. You don’t see her grinning and waving as she reads her speech.

GagaJo Fri 20-Dec-19 06:46:15

I listened to it, rather than watched. She was dour. Who can blame her? Christmas delayed. Had to do this repeatedly due to the mess government is in.

She'll be handing over to Charles soon, and although NOT a monarchist, I don't blame her.

ladymuck Fri 20-Dec-19 06:48:11

She was her usual dignified self. If she went home and changed into slacks and headscarf and headed off for the Christmas break, that's her affair.

Yehbutnobut Fri 20-Dec-19 06:55:55

She might have been her ‘usual’ (grumpy) self ladymuck but she certainly made her point coming in mufti and no State Coach.

kittylester Fri 20-Dec-19 07:15:55

Nice try but it was announced previously that, if the Tories won the election, the State Opening would be held with less ceremony due to the time of year.

So not the Queen showing her disapproval at all. As if she would!

Yehbutnobut Fri 20-Dec-19 07:44:43

Due to time of year! Ha ha. Didn’t want to get the horses out in the rain?

Urmstongran Fri 20-Dec-19 08:01:48

No, didn’t want to divert security forces and police away from their usual, much needed posts for the second time in a few weeks. Plus the expense. As kitty says it had already been decided.

Grany Fri 20-Dec-19 08:12:37

Guy Fawkes
There isn’t going to be 40 new hospitals. There won’t be 50,000 more nurses. The minimum wage won’t rise to £10.50 and protection of standards and workers rights will be gone.

But everyone knew this anyway surely?
People just voted to get Brexit done.
Got bad news there too..

lemongrove Fri 20-Dec-19 08:12:54

Oh please!’s as others say, it was announced that there would be less ceremony, it’s the second Queen’s speech in a short space of time. desperate are you to blacken the new government that this is the best you can come up with, it’s laughable.

lemongrove Fri 20-Dec-19 08:14:19

Do you live anywhere near Durham by any chance Grany?
Just wondering....

annep1 Fri 20-Dec-19 08:28:41

I thought she was showing disapproval too - nothing to do with blackening the government!

But I discovered she did the same thing in 2017 so it wasn't a one off.

And I agree Grany . Totally. But that's another depressing topic

lemongrove Fri 20-Dec-19 08:34:22

The Queen’s default mode is to look grumpy, it always has been.I think it’s her ‘serious’ face for state occasions.What a fuss about nothing!

Urmstongran Fri 20-Dec-19 08:35:13

protection of standards and workers rights will be gone.

As some posters used to say - evidence please!

GagaJo Fri 20-Dec-19 08:37:15


lemongrove Fri 20-Dec-19 08:38:29

Or......hold the front page! Do some posters think she would have been grinning happily if Corbyn had been the new PM?
If so, how hilarious is that ?
The Queen is very old and has never been laugh a minute in public ( possibly never in private either.)

Bobbysgirl19 Fri 20-Dec-19 08:52:27

I agree with you Lemongrove. What a fuss about nothing. She acted formally but can’t help her face, just like we can’t help ours!

Anniebach Fri 20-Dec-19 08:56:19

The Queen was no different at this state opening as any other,

lavenderzen Fri 20-Dec-19 08:56:26

She gave all the staff a Christmas Pudding.

GrannyGravy13 Fri 20-Dec-19 09:00:53

Oh dear another Lets bash Boris Johnson thread, The Queen is always calm and collected when she gives the Queens Speech.

As there are so many Gransnetters bemoaning the money spent on Royal occasions I would have thought they would have been happy with a parred down ceremony, saving tax payers money?

GrannyGravy13 Fri 20-Dec-19 09:02:32

lavenderzen, she economised on the Christmas Puddings this year they were Tesco Finest as opposed to the usual ones from Harrods!

JenniferEccles Fri 20-Dec-19 09:39:47

She wasn’t staging any sort of protest. What a ridiculous idea.

I am pretty sure the Queen would have been horrified if Corbyn had won.

Septimia Fri 20-Dec-19 09:44:49

Gosh, is the bitching about the royal family and the election result still going on? There are some awfully bad losers out there - evidenced by Corbyn's face yesterday.

Don't we all have better things to be doing this time of year - it IS supposed the be the season of peace and goodwill to all mankind.

Happy Christmas!!

annep1 Fri 20-Dec-19 10:27:54

I'm not a royalist. I thought they both looked much better dressed like this and with less ceremony. I think its the way forward.

Calendargirl Fri 20-Dec-19 10:35:58

Yes, if anyone was scowling all the time it was JC. I think he should have made a bit of effort to try and look like he was saying something to Boris as they walked in, even if it was “I hate you and am so jealous that you won with this huge majority and are so popular, unlike me who will be on the political scrap heap before we even leave the EU”