The 21 gun salute would have put the wind up the rabbits that are causing havoc in our garden, thought I, as all of us stood to attention. The Queen looked absolutely stunning in turquoise. And Prince Phillip looked incredibly fit and showed great interest in all the mayoral chains that were on display
Today, I have been at the Official Royal Opening of the Third Assembly. It's been a very important day for Wales. Hopefully, a new dawn has broken over our nation. Tomorrow, an Assembly Government will unveil its legislative programme. I would love to have been a part of the procession. But I felt emotionally charged up (in an Owain Glyndwr sort of way) just looking down on proceedings from the Oriel - courtesy of the BBC who were employing me for the day.
The Queen spoke as clearly and eloquently as usual. And Rhodri Morgan was his usual self on such occasions - very good. But Her Majesty must have wondered what he was on about when he started talking about 'moments of turbulence' to come. She only appointed him as her First Minister last week.
After Rhodri's speech everyone is asking how long the Labour 'plane' will fly for, before it hits turbulance. One thing's for sure. Rhodri is not going to make the 'No Confidence' vote easy. Watching 'The Duchess on yesterday's Politics Show was a revelation. She was oozing 'consensualism' from every pore - sweet reasonableness personified. She was obviously under instruction to be nice to everyone - especially Plaid Cymru.
The hats were magnificent. The wearers of the hats were so elegant. Manon was there sporting a little white number with three feathers. Claire Clancy was just super elegant under a gorgeous grey hat with a flower our rabbits would die for. Carmilla, looking fully recovered and stunning, wearing a lovely matching fawn hat with just one feather. And the Qheen was a shining star with her turquoise hat dressed with a delicately pink rose/paeony type of flower. I was captivated.
Just outside the Sennedd there was a fairground with a merry-go-round with 60 little horses going round and round, and up and down - providing lots of entertainment for the little ones who had gathered to watch. The National Assembly gets back to work tomorrow.