Australian State Opening of Parliament, 1954

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh preside over the Australian State Opening of Parliament at Parliament House in Canberra on this day in 1954. This was one of a series of State Openings in Australia, New Zealand, and Ceylon during their 6-month Commonwealth Tour, and the first time that the Parliament had been opened by a reigning Sovereign.

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The Queen wore her Coronation gown with Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara, her Coronation Necklace and Earrings, and the Order of the Garter. Lady Pamela Mountbatten wore her Hicks Tiara.

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