Opening pomp and pageantry

February 09, 2017
Lisa Hanna
Juliet showed off her curves while walking to Parliament with her husband, Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Ann-Marie Vaz was a picture of class in white.
Noel Arscott kept it simple but stylish.
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It wasn't Sunday, but parliamentarians donned their best outfits and turned up at Gordon House, which is located on Duke Street in downtown Kingston, for the ceremonial opening of Parliament.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness led members of the Government down Duke Street and into the hallowed halls of the Parliament, while Portia Simpson Miller made her last strides as Leader of the Opposition at a ceremonial opening.

Not to be left out were the supporters who were dressed in party-issued clothes, the quality of which cannot be compared to those worn by the politicians. The supporters added energy to the occasion by way of rhetoric, blowing of horns and the shaking of bells. This was in strike contrast to the military precision for which the occasion is known.

It was the usual pomp and pageantry with members of the military, dressed in their red and black ceremonial wear, marching around the parade square before eventually coming to attention, allowing the governor general to inspect the guard of honour.

The official opening of Parliament is the occasion on which governor general delivers the Throne Speech outlining the plans and programmes of the Government for the new fiscal year which starts on April 1.

 

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