State Opening of Parliament, 1901

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King Edward VII (in the Order of the Garter, Royal Victorian Order, Order of the Thistle, and the Order of the Bath) and Queen Alexandra (wearing Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown, Fringe Brooch, Bow Brooches and the Order of the Garter) preside over the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on this day in 1901, which was the first State Opening of their Reign, just weeks after the death of Queen Victoria. They were joined by members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (in the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara), Prince Charles (later King Haakon VII of Norway) and Princess Maud of Denmark (wearing the Vifte Tiara), Princess Victoria, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (in her Festoon Tiara). Afterwards, the King and Queen were photographed by William Edward Downey, and Princess Victoria also took pictures and put them in her album, now in the Royal Collection.

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