But this wasn’t the only crowning glory of the afternoon. Labour MP Dennis Skinner delivered another classic heckle to Black Rod. This year he quipped: “Get your skates on. The first race is at half past two,” referencing the Royal Ascot races, an event the Queen is always keen to attend.
There was also the matter of President Donald Trump: there’s a good chance he’s not heading to the UK soon. Although the Queen spelled out plans for various state visits, the US president wasn’t mentioned.