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Despite typically large numbers of security personnel for the ceremonial occasion, eyewitnesses say the attackers were able to keep shooting for well over a minute.
It would overshadow anything the Queen would say and relegate the state opening to being a ceremonial occasion.
Assorted fashionistas were left admiring Camilla's thrifty wardrobe management after she recycled her wedding outfit to attend Tuesday's ceremonial occasion at the Senedd - that is, those that weren't aghast at her defiance of that golden rule of red carpet fashion: not to wear an extravagantly expensive item more than once for fear of having ruthless picture editors mark the occasion with images of both instances.
Yesterday afternoon the grounds of Alnwick Castle became the stage for the golden ceremonial occasion, which included a fly-past by one of the station's own Sea King search-and-rescue helicopters.
It's believed to be the first time in 10 years that Fergie's attended a ceremonial occasion with the royals and clearly she's forgotten the sacred "less is more" dress code.
Devoted Mason, 55, has helped to plan almost every royal ceremonial occasion involving the military, including the Queen Mother's funeral.
If agreement cannot be reached a full debate will have to take place at what is traditionally a ceremonial occasion for the installation of the new Mayor.
Trooping the Colour is social as well as a ceremonial occasion and in the stands overlooking the parade ground were the wives, girlfriends and parents of the guardsmen and officers on parade.
Every year, more than 100 couples wait all year along for this ceremonial occasion, which marks a milestone in their lives.