Parliament is full of history and tradition and from 1189 to 1821, Westminster Hall was the traditional venue for coronation banquets honouring newly crowned monarchs. The earliest recorded being those of Prince Henry (crowned in the lifetime of his father, Henry II) in 1170 and of Richard the Lionheart in 1189.
Therefore, in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it is great to see a celebration of all these banquets in Westminster Hall for all to see.
This is another great relic of our history, and I am delighted this has been put in place in the run up to the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
I look forward to seeing many more events such as this in Parliament and around the country in the coming months.