New Zealand State Opening of Parliament, 1954

The Queen (glittering in Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara, Coronation Diamond Necklace, and her Norman Hartnell Coronation Gown) and the Duke of Edinburgh officially attend the State Opening of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on this day in 1954, as part of their 6-month Commonwealth Tour. It was the first time that the Parliament had been opened by a reigning Sovereign. In the background, you can spot the Queen’s bridesmaid, cousin, and lady-in-waiting, Lady Pamela Mountbatten, wearing the Hicks Tiara. In the evening, the Queen hosted an Investiture at Wellington Town Hall.


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