Queen Elizabeth’s Speech has now been delayed by a few days due to the political turmoil in United Kingdom.
Government has failed to reach a deal with Northern Ireland’s DUP, which would give them a majority in Parliament.
The State Opening of Parliament shall take place on Monday, June 19th. But now, it is understood that the government will not be able to get a speech prepared in time. Ascot will immediately follow, running from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th.
The delay will mean that the Royal Ascot might be in jeopardy as the occasion takes place from Tuesday 20th June to Saturday 24th June.
It was said that the Queen might have had some influence on setting the original date for the speech. The reason could be, so that she can watch her favorite races of the year, which now seems uncertain.
A source told The Royal UK that another reason for the delay is Goatskin. The speech— which is traditionally announced by the Queen in the House of Lords (the upper house of Parliament)— is written in ink on goatskin parchment. It normally takes several days for it to dry and has to be written many days in advance.
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Historically, the speech would be written on vellum, which is made from actual calf-skin. The ink, usually, would take three days to dry. If the practice still existed an accomplished scrivener would be able “to rub stuff out” if any changes had to be made.
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