October 17th, 2015

Today was all about prominent things, however most of our tour of London has been focused on important sights so it shouldn’t be a surprise. First on our list was Parliament. We found out yesterday that it was possible to tour Parliament but only on Saturdays. Luck for us today is Saturday and we were able to schedule a tour relatively easily.

We’ve been running into an issue lately, no picture…again we weren’t able to take pictures in most of the Parliament building but we were able to grab a few. Here’s a look at Parliament…

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A few fun facts about Parliament…

  1. It’s made up of three components, the House of Lords (The Upper House), the House of Commons (The Lower House) and the Queen-In-Parliament (Queen Elizabeth II).
  2. It’s located in Westminster, London.
  3. The House of Lords includes two types of members: the Lords Spiritual and the Lords Temporal. These members are not elected but appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister.
  4. The House of Commons is an elected chamber, elections are held roughly every five years.
  5. The Sovereign is not allowed in the Commons Chamber. The reason for this is that King Charles I, entered the Commons Chamber in 1642 to arrest five members for high treason. The House of Commons was not happy about this and a tradition was formed…”Each year, the parliamentary session begins with the State Opening of Parliament, a ceremony in the Lords Chamber during which the Sovereign, in the presence of Members of both Houses, delivers an address outlining the Government’s legislative agenda. The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod (a Lords official) is responsible for summoning the Commons to the Lords Chamber. When he arrives to deliver his summons, the doors of the Commons Chamber are traditionally slammed shut in his face, symbolising the right of the Lower House to debate without interference. He then knocks on the door three times with his Black Rod, and only then is granted admittance, where he informs the MPs that the Monarch awaits them, after which they proceed to the House of Lords for the Queen’s Speech.”*You can read more about the House of Commons here.

After we visited Parliament we decided to visit the Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark is a clipper ship that was renowned during the tea trade prior to the introduction of steam-powered ships. During the ship’s first roundtrip voyage it returned carrying 1,305,812 lbs of tea from Shanghai. Here’s a look at the Cutty Sark…

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Our day wasn’t over though! After visiting the Cutty Stark we took a quick trip to the past and attended a medieval banquet. We met the King and enjoyed a wonderful feast with lavish entertainment. When the clock struck 12 pm our carriage turned back into a pumpkin and we headed off to bed.

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Happy Travels,

Ryan & Melissa