Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Royal Transport in NI

The Queen has just left the gates of Buckingham Palace in her car en route for St Paul's Cathedral.

It would mark a further step towards "normalization" were Her Majesty to travel in the Bentley State Limousine during her visit to Northern Ireland on the 26th and 27th June.

Alas, a more prosaic Range-Rover is the preferred form of transport these days, presumably at the behest of the Northern Ireland Office and police.

It is believed that, during a visit to the Province in the 1966, Her Majesty's Rolls-Royce State Phantom's roof was damaged by a brick thrown from a building in central Belfast.

A 17 year-old plumber and 44 year-old chambermaid were arrested for dropping a twelve-pound cement block from the fourth floor of a building under construction.

In 2010, the Silver Jubilee Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, carrying TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to the Royal Variety Performance, was damaged by paint being thrown at it.

I do hope, too, that the Lord Mayor of Belfast has sufficient decorum to wear mayoral ceremonial attire on the occasion of Her Majesty's jubilee visit, including tricorn hat.

My Lord Mayor, look to the Lord Mayor of London for inspiration, if necessary.

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