MP 'held hostage' in Queen's Speech tradition

An MP has been "held hostage" at Buckingham Palace in a tradition of the State Opening of Parliament, which goes back to a time when relations between the monarch and Parliament were less than friendly.

The MP, Vice Chamberlain Desmond Swayne, will be released on the Queen's safe return to the Palace from Parliament.


Traditionally an MP is 'held hostage' at Buckingham Palace til the Queen returns. Today it's Vice Chamberlain Desmond Swayne #QueensSpeech


The Yeoman of the Guard searches the cellars before the #QueensSpeech, a tradition dating back to Gunpowder Plot

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