Peers dressed in their crimson velvet robes hurry into the Lords chamber, which is filled with the excited chatter of members and their guests.
Men dressed in morning suits and women in their finest dresses – several are wearing tiaras – file in alongside them, taking their seats in the famous chamber.
Among those in the small, packed gallery are the prime minister’s partner, Carrie Symonds, and his father, Stanley Johnson, chatting and laughing, waiting patiently for the Queen to arrive.
Supreme Court justice Lady Hale is seen milling about the front of the room, smiling and talking to colleagues.
It was only three weeks ago she gave the bombshell ruling that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful.
Now, she is among the justices who have a front