state occasion

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On some grand state occasion -- I forgot what -- the king determined to have a masquerade, and whenever a masquerade or any thing of that kind, occurred at our court, then the talents, both of Hop-Frog and Trippetta were sure to be called into play.
Near at hand, in the stables, were prodigious carriages that showed no color but gold--carriages used by former kings of France on state occasions, and never used now save when a kingly head is to be crowned or an imperial infant christened.
The blinds were always down, and her barefooted tribe was never permitted to enter the sacred precinct save on state occasions.
The Reverend Michael Millward himself was a tall, ponderous elderly gentleman, who placed a shovel hat above his large, square, massive-featured face, carried a stout walking-stick in his hand, and incased his still powerful limbs in knee-breeches and gaiters, - or black silk stockings on state occasions.
As we are not particular about the meaning of our liveries on state occasions, if they be but fine and numerous enough, so, the meaning or necessity of our words is a secondary consideration, if there be but a great parade of them.
The Queen dispensing with much of the traditional flummery on a State occasion is easily viewed as a Palace nod and a wink to a party losing its grip.
He is sired by Eyarth Savero, son the of three-times Royal Welsh champion Carwed Charmer, and his dam Cottrell Annwyl is daughter of Cottrell Amethyst, daughter of Rotherwood State Occasion, who topped the Welsh Pony and Cob Society sireratings nine times, a record beaten only by his grand-sire Downland Chevalier who won it ten times.
He and Camilla were to travel to the grand state occasion in the palace's Glass Coach, which carried Charles and his first wife Diana to their wedding in 1981.
President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy miss out as the wedding is not classed as a full state occasion.
IT'S a long way from taking part in a state occasion on Horse Guards Parade in London to winning a Grade 1 race worth the equivalent of pounds 244,000 in New Zealand, but Steven Cooper completed the leap last week, when he trained 57-1 shot Spin Around to win the Auckland Cup at Ellerslie.
The Duchess, whose second child is due in April, was forced to cancel a series of engagements in recent weeks as she battled with hyperemesis gravidarum but her condition improved enough for her to take part in the state occasion.
That was an official state occasion of the sort that Lady Thatcher rejected.